Mohler's most recent article is about Genesis, and asks whether Adam and Eve were literally the ancestors of all humans. He builds up a very powerful chain of logical arguments, based on history, philosophy and Biblical evidence: if Adam and Eve weren't real, then Christianity falls apart. Jesus' sacrifice would have been meaningless. Without Adam and Eve, there would be no original sin, and no need for anyone to accept Jesus as their savior.
To a scientist or historian, this is a beautiful chain of deductions, the sort of stuff that all scholars aspire to:
Adam and Eve --> The Fall --> God's curse --> original sinIt's a very nice bit of scholarship so far. But ... then Mohler makes a terrible mistake.
--> Jesus' sacrifice --> redemption --> Christianity
A real scientist or historian would look for independent evidence for Adam and Eve to prove they existed, and then follow the chain of logic forward to prove the conclusion (that Christianity is true). But Mohler does the reverse! He claims that Christianity is true, and then follows the logic backwards to "prove" that the story of Adam and Eve is true.
It's an embarrassing intellectual error.
He also asserts that all true Christians must reach this same conclusion. Mohler claims that all Christians must believe as he does:
"Make no mistake: a false start to the story produces a false grasp of the Gospel."Any real scientist, historian or philosopher would flunk his freshman classes if he made a mistake like this. Real intellectual progress requires that investigators have open minds. It's simply not allowed to start by declaring your thesis true and work backwards to "prove" other facts.
It's interesting that the only branch of scholarship that allows this sort of thinking is religious apologetics. Mohler would be laughed out of any other scholarly discipline. Christian apologetics puts the cart before the horse all the time. You can prove any crazy theory you like with this sort of logic, which is why real scientists and historians aren't allowed to do it.
Just think of all the fantastic scholarship these Christian apologists could do if their minds weren't crippled by their religion.
(Note: I've written about Mohler before. See Divorce: Why Christians Don't Care about YOU.)