CMI, if you’ve never heard of it, is an international nonprofit organization with close historical ties to my even better friends at Answers in Genesis.
In this particular article, Bergman and CMI attempt to argue that the Christian author and apologist C.S. Lewis was opposed to evolution (which, of course, he wasn’t). But that little bit of truth-twisting is only the beginning.
As evidence in support of their position, they say this: “Lewis stressed that the doctrine of evolution is ‘certainly a hypothesis,’ adding that he has concluded ‘the doctrine of Evolution as held by practicing biologists is … a less satisfactory hypothesis than was hoped fifty years ago.'”
I’ve also taken some screenshots, just in case Bergman and CMI decide to get creative with this article. If they did, it would not be the first time a createvangelist organization blatantly altered the words of a respected Christian figure, then backtracked after being found out.
With the ellipsis, the quote is technically accurate, as far as it goes (though they did change Lewis’ spelling of the word “practicing”). But what the ellipsis omits is very important. Here’s what Lewis actually said, in his essay, “The Funeral of a Great Myth” (omitted portions in bold): “I do not mean that the doctrine of Evolution as held by practising biologists is a Myth. It may be shown, by later biologists, to be a less satisfactory hypothesis than was hoped fifty years ago. But that does not amount to being a Myth. It is a genuine scientific hypothesis.”
So, in other words, Bergman and CMI, which claims to be a ministry dedicated to spreading the truth of Christ, have ripped a quote out of context, and used a strategically placed ellipsis to make it seem as though Lewis is saying exactly the opposite of what he actually said. It would be like me saying, “I am completely not in favor of euthanizing senior citizens,” and Jerry Bergman quoting me as having said, “I am completely … in favor of euthanizing senior citizens.”
This is also known as lying, but I guess they figure it’s OK if they’re lying for Jesus.
“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.” — Colossians 3:9