Much thanks to viktorb for mentioning it first. This is from about a week ago, but wow. Just wow. He truly is a breath of fresh air. Really makes me wish I was American so I could vote him into office.
BROWN: Senator, if one of your daughters asked you — and maybe they already have — “Daddy, did God really create the world in six days?” What would you say?
OBAMA: You know, I’m trying to remember if we had this conversation.
OBAMA: You know, what I’ve said to them is that I believe that God created the universe and that the six days in the Bible may not be six days as we understand it. It may not be 24-hour days. And that’s what I believe. I know there’s always a debate between those who read the Bible literally and those who don’t. And, you know, that, I think, is a legitimate debate within the Christian community of which I am a part.
You know, my belief is, is that the story that the Bible tells about God creating this magnificent Earth on which we live, that that is — that is essentially true. That is fundamentally true.
Now whether it happened exactly as we might understand it reading the text of the Bible, that, you know, I don’t presume to know.
BROWN: Let’s go to…
OBAMA: But let me just make one last point on this. I do believe in evolution. I don’t think that is incompatible with Christian faith. Just as I don’t think science generally is incompatible with Christian faith.
And I think that this is something that, you know, we get bogged down in. There are those who suggest that if you have a scientific bent of mind, then somehow you should reject religion. And I fundamentally disagree with that.
In fact, the more I learn about the world, the more I know about science, the more I’m amazed about the mystery of this planet and this universe. And it strengthens my faith as opposed to weakens it.
Here’s the full transcript from the Compassion Forum.