Martin Luther. Photographer: Wim van 't Einde. Licensed: Unsplash.
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What was Martin Luther's stand on Creation/Evolution?

The biblical scholar and Protestant reformer, Martin Luther believed in Creation and taught that the world was young. For example, Luther stated,

“We know from Moses that the world was not in existence before 6,000 years ago.”

Luther insisted that Moses wrote about Creation in normal, literal language.

Etching of Luther in 1540 by Heinrich Aldegrever.
Martin Luther (1540)
Artist: Heinrich Aldegrever

“He [Moses] calls ‘a spade a spade,’ i.e., he employs the terms ‘day’ and ‘evening’ without allegory, just as we customarily do we assert that Moses spoke in the literal sense, not allegorically or figuratively, i.e., that the world, with all its creatures, was created within six days, as the words read.

If we do not comprehend the reason for this, let us remain pupils and leave the job of teacher to the Holy Spirit.”


Martin Luther in Jaroslav Peliken, editor, “Luther's Works,” Lectures on Genesis Chapters 1-5, Vol. 1 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1958), pp. 3, 6.

More information

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  • 6TH DAY— Could all of the events recorded on the 6th day of creation really have taken place during a normal, 24-hour-type day? Answer —Adam and the naming of the animals
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  • BIBLICAL IMPORTANCE— Is the age of the Earth a “trivial” doctrinal point? Answer —Many Christians today fail to see the importance of believing in a literal interpretation of the Genesis Creation account. Don’t be fooled—this issue is of great importance to Bible believing Christians, and this answer helps to explain why.
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  • Progressive Creationism— Who is HUGH ROSS and what does he teach? Answer —Many people have heard of Hugh Ross and his ministry and have asked ChristianAnswers.Net about him. The following is a short summary of key teachings.
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Authors: Mark Van Bebber and Paul S. Taylor, Christian Answers.

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