MBC teaches primarily the YEC then OEC then ID viewpoint. It does not teach the TE viewpoint. The OEC and ID viewpoints are taught in a more pedagogical manner in that we might assume mainstream views to get a certain point across – namely Paley-like design arguments. Stephen Meyer, for example appeared in a separate meeting and he is an OEC/Progressive creationist. Caroline Crocker who is an ID advocate but un committed to any specific origin model has also spoken at MBC.
William Lane Craig is sympathetic to TE, Michael Behe nominally accepts common descent so he could be said to be TE/ID. But I was considering this because it may reflect the demographic of of MBC. We want to welcome the TE’s (for example myself and John Sanford were part of Christian churches for a long time while we were TE’s) but also criticize evolutionary on purely empirical and theoretical grounds.
If TE’s want to incorporate the way they interpret the Bible based on the claims of abiogenesis theory and/or evolutionary theory, then those theories are fair game for criticism based on available facts and the best theories of chemistry, bio-chemistry and physical chemistry, probability theory, etc. “We have solve that problem yet, but we’re working on it” is a claim I hear a lot in abiogenesis theory and evolutionary theory, but “we’re working on it” means it isn’t proven fact. It’s only fair to point that out.
And the sentiment of an influential pastor, Lon Solomon, and many others in the church including medical doctors and NIH researchers, many of whom are OECs or ID proponents, is that evolutionary theory and abiogenesis theory are pseudo science.
FWIW, Frank Turek is from our church and he is co-authoring a book with OEC/Progressive Creationist Stephen Meyer.
In all the time in MBC, I don’t recall that we’ve gone out of our way to emphasize interpretational arguments from scripture. Also, Ken Ham tried to get an invitation to MBC, but none has ever been sent his way, nor are there are plans to do anything of the sort – and I certainly would vote against it as long as I serve as a volunteer leader of that ministry because I don’t want to make origins a moral issue or theological issue, but rather a question of what the reconstruction of history might be possible independent of the Bible.
So I will try to follow the tradition of a modestly open discussion, but one definitely critical of evolutionary theory. If people want to promote evolutionary theory to our church, I’m happy to entertain a civil online video conversation which I will make available publicly. Because several in our church are affiliated with the NIH and are in the medical field, the TE Francis Collins is held in high regard.