Ben Carson touts creationism during Nashville speech

NASHVILLE —This is not the first time Carson has spoken about his doubts on evolution.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson appears on Fox Business Network's 'Varney & Co.' in New York on August 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-GRIFFIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on September 23, 2015, or with RNS-CARSON-FAITH, originally transmitted on Oct. 27, 2015.

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson appears on Fox Business Network’s ‘Varney & Co.’ in New York on August 12, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
*Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-GRIFFIN-COLUMN, originally transmitted on September 23, 2015, or with RNS-CARSON-FAITH, originally transmitted on Oct. 27, 2015.

NASHVILLE — Republican presidential contender Ben Carson restated his views on creationism Sunday (Nov. 1), wrapping up his weekend in Tennessee with a visit to one of Metro Nashville’s largest churches.

Carson delivered two speeches Sunday at Cornerstone Church in Madison. The words from Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who’s recently surged in GOP presidential polls, sounded at times like a stump speech and a sermon.

“They say, ‘Carson, ya know, how can you be a surgeon, a neurosurgeon, and believe that God created the Earth, and not believe in evolution, which is the basis of all knowledge and all science?’,” Carson said during his second speech, referencing “progressives.”

“Well, you know, it’s kind of funny. But I do believe God created us, and I did just fine. So I don’t know where they get that stuff from, ya know? It’s not true. And in fact, the more you know about God, and the deeper your relationship with God, I think the more intricate becomes your knowledge of the way things work, including the human body.”

Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist, recently described himself in an interview with CNN as “not a real religious person.”

“I’m a person who has a deep and abiding faith and relationship with God,” Carson told CNN. “But I’m not really into a lot of religious dogma and rituals — ‘You can’t do that, and you can’t do this.’ I don’t believe in that. I believe you have to have a deep and abiding faith in God.”

His views and speeches on faith and religion have endeared him with evangelical voters in Iowa and elsewhere, helping him tie or pull ahead of business tycoon Donald Trump in several recent GOP presidential primary polls.



Tennessee is among several Southern states participating in the March 1 “SEC primary.” The relatively early date of the primary and the still-crowded GOP presidential field mean conservative-leaning Tennessee could play a key role in choosing the Republican party’s presidential nominee.

(Dave Boucher writes for The Tennessean.)