Ben Shapiro on Evolution

Given his strong right wing ties, we thought it would be an interesting task to see how Ben Shapiro feels about the subject of evolution. As a one off note, it was interesting in preparing this piece, to see how the conservative commentator attempts to walk a middle ground towards appealing to facts and the scientific process, and still mildly pandering to what he knows is his following. However the goal of this site, and of fact check websites in general, the goal is objectivity, so let’s get to his statements and then we’ll evaluate them.

In short, Ben Shapiro both believes that Evolution is real and believes that it is completely consistent with a belief in a supernatural deity. As evidenced by the following tweet, Shapiro puts it short and simple, on whether evolution is consistent with a biblical account.

However this sentiment only tells us that Shapiro believes that Evolution is consistent with the Bible. It does not tell us what he actually thinks about religion. Though we try to avoid posting videos that are either politically motivated (good luck finding one) or politically framed, this video from the Young America’s Foundation (who sponsored the event) really does seem to convey what Shapiro believes and puts it in his own terms.

Ben Addresses Faith As Allegorical (as compared to literal)

To give the proper context, we’ll give the full question from the speaker and then give the anser. 

Uh, as a man of faith,  you said you accept the principles of macro-evolution, and I wanted to know, as a man of faith, how do you reconcile Darwinian Evolution with a- a belief in Genesis and as a- as one who literally interprets the book of Genesis myself, where do you draw the line between an allegorical approach in the literal historical account of Genesis? Where do you draw that line? If it’s all not literal, how do you decide what’s allegorical versus what’s literal, uh, in reconciling that with Darwin Evolution and [crosstalk 00:00:37]? (speaker)

Okay. So- So th- the way that I draw an allegorical approach to particularly the first couple of chapters of- of Genesis, uh, is because the first of couple chapters of Genesis, in my opinion, are obviously written with an eye toward allegory. So for example, the- it says at the beginning of the book of Genesis [Foreign Language 00:00:54], right? This is the day one, right? And then it’ll say that there is day two. Well, so first of all, God creates light before he creates the sun? There’s no … Second of all, how do you measure the length of a day when there no sun and no earth? So the way that we measure an earth day is by the rotation of the earth versus the sun, right? But how do you measure a 24-hour period in a time when hours don’t exist yet? And there is no basis for the- for the length of the day?

Uh, there- there’ve been some good sort of writings on how you square the science with the verbiage of- of Genesis one, Genesis two. Um, it’s also true that the- the Genesis- there are two Genesis accounts, right? There’s the Genesis account that talks about the creation of various things on various days, and then talks about the creation of man on day six, and then the Bible goes back and then it talks specifically about the creation of Adam and Eve on day six. So why does it bother to tell the story twice if there’s no allegory to it, and there’s no deeper meaning to it than just, it’s a story about a man and a woman eating an apple? Uh, so I- I think that there is- uh, there is certainly room for an allegorical approach.

Also, I tend to believe in this sort of [inaudible 00:01:57] approach and- and the Thomas Aquinas approach to this, frankly, which is that if there is a- if there is a lack of convergence between faith and reason, then you’re getting one or the other wrong, right? Because if God created both, if God created science and He created faith, there really should not be a conflict between them. And if you can’t misinterpret the science, right? If the science is clear enough, then you have to start looking at whether you’ve misinterpreted the text.

Ben Shapiro

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As always, should we become aware that Mr. Shapiro has changed his opinion or should new evidence be submitted that we have either misconstrued his opinion or failed to include important statements from him, we will 1) make the correction, 2) note the correction here, 3) issue a mea culpa that attempts to explain and improve on how we missed this. 

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