Albert Mohler

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Albert Mohler
Mohler standing at a lectern, speaking
Mohler in 2006
9th President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assumed office
March 26, 1993 (1993-03-26)
Vice PresidentPaul M. Akin
Preceded byRoy L. Honeycutt
Personal details
Richard Albert Mohler Jr.

(1959-10-19) October 19, 1959 (age 64)
Lakeland, Florida, US
SpouseMary Kahler
ChildrenKatie (daughter)
Alma materSamford University (BA)
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D)
OccupationSeminary President
Known forTheologian
Years active1983–present
EraLate 20th and early 21st centuries

Richard Albert Mohler Jr. (born October 19, 1959) is an American evangelical theologian,[1] the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and host of the podcast The Briefing, where he daily analyzes the news and recent events from an evangelical perspective.

Education and personal life[edit]

Mohler was born on October 19, 1959, in Lakeland, Florida. During his Lakeland years, he attended Southside Baptist Church.[2] Mohler attended college at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton in Palm Beach County as a Faculty Scholar. He then received a Bachelor of Arts from Samford University, a private, coeducational Baptist-affiliated college in Birmingham, Alabama. His Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in systematic and historical theology were conferred by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.[3]


In addition to his presidency at SBTS, Mohler was the host of The Albert Mohler Program, a nationwide radio show "devoted to engaging contemporary culture with Christian beliefs."[4] He currently produces a weekday podcast on the news, The Briefing, in which he provides commentary on current events from a Christian point of view, often providing a historical background as well.[5] He also regularly broadcasts interviews with various different people on a podcast called Thinking in Public.[6] He is former vice chairman of the board of Focus on the Family and a member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.[7] Mohler has presented lectures or addresses at a variety of conservative evangelical universities.[3]

Mohler served as editor of The Christian Index,[8] the biweekly newsletter of the Georgia Baptist Convention. From 1985 to 1993 he was Associate Editor of the bi-monthly Preaching Magazine.[9] Mohler also served on the Advisory Council for the 2001 English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. Mohler previously blogged on, a web site maintained by Salem Web Network of Richmond, Virginia.[10] Mohler currently blogs on his website, where his podcasts can also be listened to for free.[11]

In 2018, Mohler labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention as the SBC's "own horrifying #MeToo moment" and said it stemmed from "an unorganized conspiracy of silence" about sexual misconduct and abuse.[12] He wrote that the SBC's "issues are far deeper and wider" than the controversy surrounding Paige Patterson, who'd been moved that day from president to president emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.[12]

In early 2019, explosive newspaper reports of sexual abuse by church leaders and volunteers shook the Southern Baptist Convention, and Mohler called for independent third-party investigations.[13] Just days after the Houston Chronicle's 2019 report of allegations of hundreds of sexual abuse cases (some of which were not reported to law enforcement),[14] Mohler apologized in an interview with the newspaper for supporting a religious leader who was accused of helping conceal sexual abuses at his former church.[15] Some have lauded Mohler, while others have questioned the timing and motivations of these comments.[15] One day after Mohler's remarks to the Houston Chronicle, his Southern Baptist Theological Seminary office released a related statement by him.[15][16]

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary[edit]

Mohler joined the staff of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1983 as Coordinator of Foundation Support. In 1987, he became Director of Capital Funding, a post he held until 1989. From 1983 to 1989, while still a student, he had served as assistant to then-President Roy Honeycutt.[17] In February 1993, Mohler was appointed the ninth President of the seminary by the institution's board of trustees to succeed Honeycutt.[3]

Theology and other faiths[edit]

Mohler is an Evangelical and an exclusivist, a position that holds Christ is the only means of salvation.[18][19] While identifying as an evangelical, he refused to sign the "Evangelical Manifesto" because the definition of that term was so broad as to be meaningless.[20] As a Calvinist, Mohler believes that human salvation is a free gift from God which cannot be earned by human action or will and is only given to the elect. He has publicly advanced this position with respect to Judaism, Islam,[21] and Catholicism.[22] In 2006 he stated "any belief system, any world view, whether it's Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of Satanic power."[21] He believes Muslims are motivated by demonic power[21] and in the months after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Mohler characterized Islamic views of Jesus as false and destructive: a Christian theologian, the biggest problem with Islamic theology is that it kills the soul. The bigger problem with Islam is not that there are those who will kill the body in its name, but that it lies about God [and] presents a false gospel, an un-gospel...[23]

In a 2003 interview with Time magazine, Mohler further argued that faith must be differentiated from ideas of race or ethnicity:

The secular world tends to look at Iraq and say, well, it's Muslim, and that's just a fact, and any Christian influence would just be a form of Western imperialism. The Christian has to look at Iraq and see persons desperately in need of the gospel. Compelled by the love and command of Christ, the Christian will seek to take that gospel in loving and sensitive, but very direct, ways to the people of Iraq.[24]

Media appearances[edit]

Mohler appeared on MSNBC's Donahue on August 20, 2002.[25] The subject was Christian evangelization of Jews.[25] Mohler and Michael L. Brown, a Messianic Jew, debated this subject as well as Mohler's insistence that salvation lies exclusively in the personal acceptance of Christ before the afterlife with Donahue, a Catholic, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, an Orthodox Jew.[25]

On April 15, 2003, Mohler was interviewed by Time[26] on the subject of evangelizing Iraqi Muslims in the form of Christian aid groups.

On May 5, 2003, Mohler appeared on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross to discuss the issue of evangelization of the Iraqis. At issue was whether the coupling of evangelizing with basic human aid relief might be perceived as aggressive or coercive by the Iraqi people, and whether such a perception, if widespread, might place other relief workers in jeopardy. Mohler argued that biblical, evangelical Christianity is not uniquely American, but exists as a movement throughout the world, so that Christian witnessing is not, in his view, to be interpreted as a move on the part of any single nation against the religion of another. At the same time, however, Mohler acknowledged the need for "sensitivity," and distanced himself from the idea that religion coerced. When pressed, Mohler expressed support for the idea of religious freedom as a theoretical matter of law.[27]

On December 18, 2004, Mohler debated retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong on Faith Under Fire, a program hosted by Lee Strobel and appearing on PAX, a Christian television network. The subject was the historicity and truthfulness of the Bible.

On December 19, 2013, Mohler appeared on CNN to discuss the controversy surrounding comments made by Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty. GLAAD National Spokesman Wilson Cruz was also on the program.[28]

Speaking engagements[edit]

On November 8–9, 2004, Mohler spoke at the annual meeting of the Florida Baptist State Convention.[29]

On May 21, 2005, Mohler gave the commencement address at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Mohler told graduates they could display the glory of God by telling and defending the truth, sharing the gospel, engaging the culture, changing the world, loving the church and showing the glory of God in their own lives.[30]

On February 25, 2014, Mohler delivered a Forum Lecture in the Marriott Center Arena at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The title of Mohler's lecture was, "Strengthen the Things that Remain: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Human Flourishing in a Dangerous Age."[31]

Justice Sunday[edit]

Mohler was on the board of directors of Focus on the Family. In this role he was one of the principal organizers of Justice Sunday, a nationally televised event broadcast from Highview Baptist Church, in Louisville on April 24, 2005. Mohler shared the stage with Charles Colson and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist appeared at the event via videotape. Another host of the program was Family Research Council president Tony Perkins.

The purpose of the broadcast was to mobilize the conservative base in lobbying the United States Senate to curtail debate on the nominations to the federal judiciary made by George W. Bush.

We want to communicate to all that we are not calling for persons merely to be moral. We want them to be believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, because we don't just need instruction, we need salvation. (..)For far too long, Christians have been concerned to elect the right people to office, and then go back home. We have learned the importance of the electoral process, and yet we're also discovering that that third branch of government, the judiciary, is so very, very important. We have been watching court cases come down the line. In 1973, Roe v. Wade [declared] a woman's right to an abortion. (...)By no stretch of the imagination did the founders of this nation and the framers of that document intend for anyone to be able to read those words and find a right to kill unborn children.

— Albert Mohler, April 24, 2005[32]

Theological views[edit]

On Catholicism[edit]

Mohler believes the Catholic Church is a "false church" that teaches a "false gospel" and regards the Papacy as an illegitimate office.[33][34] During a March 13, 2014, podcast of The Briefing, Mohler stated that Evangelicals "simply cannot accept the legitimacy of the papacy" and that "to do otherwise would be to compromise Biblical truth and reverse the Reformation."[34] Mohler has denounced Pope Francis for his perceived left-leaning leadership.[35]

Mohler stated that he was one of the original signatories to the Manhattan Declaration because it is a limited ecumenical statement of Christian conviction on the topics of abortion, euthanasia and gay marriage, and not a wide-ranging theological document that subverts confessional integrity. He emphasized that he signed the document in spite of his deep theological disagreements with the Catholic Church.[36]

Family planning[edit]

Mohler spoke in June 2004, about married adults who choose not to have children.

The Scripture does not even envision married couples who choose not to have children. Christians have bought into this lifestyle and claim childlessness as a legitimate option. It remains a form of rebellion against God's design and order.[37]

Mohler has also been critical of emergency contraceptives that prevent implantation of the fertilized egg, which he believes "involve nothing less than an early abortion."[38]

Gender roles and sexuality[edit]

On February 23, 2024, St. Patrick's Cathedral held a memorial in attendance by over a 1000 people for Cecilia Gentili, a transgender activist.[39] Albert Mohler described the service as a "Transgender Celebration" that "Scandalized" the Church. [40]

In 2017, Mohler signed the Nashville Statement.[41]

He said of trans people "We cannot affirm someone in a delusion" when asked whether Christians should use a person's preferred name.[42]

He opposed the repeal of the US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on the grounds of religious liberty.[43]


Mohler is a young earth creationist.[44]


According to Mohler, yoga practice is not consistent with Christianity.

When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine… The embrace of yoga is a symptom of our postmodern spiritual confusion…[45]

After voicing his stance on the topic, Mohler stated that he was 'surprised by the depth of the commitment to yoga found on the part of many who identify as Christians'.[46]


Mohler has argued that libertarianism is idolatrous, and as a comprehensive world view or fundamental guiding principle for human life, is inconsistent with Christian ideals. He is a proponent of personal liberty, but believes such liberties can run into problems when applied in the political sphere. The more limited economic libertarianism, on the other hand, can be consistent with the "comprehensive world view that Christianity puts forward."[47]


Christianity Today recognized Mohler as a leader among American evangelicals, and in 2003 Time called him the "reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S."[24]

Selected bibliography[edit]

Books authored by R. Albert Mohler Jr.[edit]

  • Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists ISBN 978-1-4335-0497-6
  • Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth (Today's Critical Concerns) ISBN 978-1-59052-974-4
  • He Is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World ISBN 978-0-8024-5489-8 (September 1, 2008)
  • Desire and Deceit: The Real Cost of the New Sexual Tolerance ISBN 978-1-60142-080-0 (September 16, 2008)
  • The Conviction to Lead: The 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, expresses the view that leadership stems from conviction and moral character (2012).
  • We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong ISBN 978-0718032487 (October 27, 2015)
  • Acts 1–12 For You, first in a two-part popular-level commentary on the book of Acts ISBN 978-1909919914 (The Good Book Company, 2018)
  • The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits, (Thomas Nelson, 2019)
  • The Gathering Storm: Secularism, Culture, and the Church ISBN 978-1-4002-2021-2 (Thomas Nelson, 2020))
  • The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness Multnomah (May 5, 2009) ISBN 978-1601427403

Books edited by R. Albert Mohler Jr.[edit]

  • Henry, Carl Ferdinand Howard (1994), Gods of This Age or God of the Ages? Essays by Carl F. H. Henry, Broadman & Holman Publishers, ISBN 0-8054-1548-3.
  • Theological Education in the Evangelical Tradition (Editor, with D. G. Hart) ISBN 0-8010-2061-1

Books to which R. Albert Mohler Jr. has contributed[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Making of Christianity in the West — A Conversation with Peter Brown (Self professed in course of the interview)". 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Speakers say heart of Gospel is to show God's glory". Florida Baptist Witness. 2004. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-01-21.
  3. ^ a b c "About".
  4. ^ "The Albert Mohler Radio Program". Archived from the original on 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-02-23.
  5. ^ Mohler, Albert. "The Briefing". Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  6. ^ "Thinking in Public". Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Archived from the original on 11 January 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  8. ^ "The Christian Index".
  9. ^ "Preaching Magazine".
  10. ^ Mohler, Albert. "Christianity" (blog). Crosswalk. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11.
  11. ^ " – Cultural commentary from a Biblical perspective". Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  12. ^ a b "Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment'". Baptist Press. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  13. ^ "After Explosive Sex Abuse Allegations, Southern Baptist Leaders Promise Reform". Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  14. ^ "20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms". Houston Chronicle. 2019-02-10. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  15. ^ a b c Downen, Robert (2019-02-14). "Leading Southern Baptist apologizes for supporting leader, church at center of sex abuse scandal". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  16. ^ "Statement from R. Albert Mohler Jr. on Sovereign Grace Churches". News – SBTS. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  17. ^ "Roy Honeycutt, Southern Seminary president from 1982–1993, dies". News – SBTS. December 22, 2004.
  18. ^ Reed, Ashley; Bezio, Kelly L. (June 2018). "Bodies and their Care in a Secular Age". Studies in Religion. 47 (2): 165–177. doi:10.1177/0008429817745053. ISSN 0008-4298 – via Sage Journals.
  19. ^ "Exclusivism about Salvation". March 2012. Retrieved 2024-02-06.
  20. ^ "Why some leaders won't sign the Evangelical Manifesto". 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2024-02-06.
  21. ^ a b c The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel. March 17, 2006.
  22. ^ "Mohler calls Catholicism 'false church'". Baptist Standard. 2000-03-03. Archived from the original on 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  23. ^ "Speak about Islam clearly & without fear, Mohler says". Baptist Press. 2001-10-19. Archived from the original on 2008-12-29. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  24. ^ a b Liston, Broward (2003-04-15). "Interview: Missionary Work in Iraq". Time. Archived from the original on 11 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  25. ^ a b c "Christ the only way for both Jews, gentiles, Mohler says on 'Donahue'". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on 2009-09-12. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  26. ^ Liston, Broward (2003-04-15). "Interview: Missionary Work in Iraq". Time. Archived from the original on August 3, 2003. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  27. ^ Debate Over Christian Aid to Iraq Nationally Aired Archived 2006-02-18 at in The Christian Post
  28. ^ Albert Mohler on "Duck Dynasty" Suspension: He's "Unquestionably Faithful to the Scripture" on YouTube. Retrieved on 2014-02-01.
  29. ^ Speakers say heart of Gospel is to show God's glory Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine. Florida Baptist Witness. Retrieved on 2011-12-10.
  30. ^ "Largest class graduates from Union University – News Release | Union University". 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-24.
  31. ^ "Strengthen the Things that Remain: Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Human Flourishing in a Dangerous Age — An Address at Brigham Young University". 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  32. ^ Democracy Now Archived 2005-06-23 at the Wayback Machine May 5, 2005
  33. ^ Blumenthal, Max (2009). Republican Gomorrah. New York City: Nation Books. p. 141..
  34. ^ a b "SBC leader denounces papacy", ABP news, archived from the original on 2013-03-16.
  35. ^ "Catholicism and American Conservatives: Trump's Papal Problem Reopens Some Old Fault Lines". The Economist. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  36. ^ Mohler, Albert. "Why I Signed the Manhattan Declaration". Cross walk.
  37. ^ Mohler, R. Albert Jr (2004). "Deliberate Childlessness: Moral Rebellion With a New Face". Gender news. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  38. ^ "Can Christians Use Birth Control?". Albert Mohler. 2006-05-08.
  39. ^ Press, Brian P. D. Hannon | Associated; Millman • •, Jennifer (2024-02-21). "Backlash brews after church cuts transgender activist's funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral short". NBC New York. Retrieved 2024-02-24.
  40. ^ "Wednesday, February 21, 2024". Retrieved 2024-02-24.
  41. ^ "Initial Signatories". Nashville Statement. Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  42. ^ Mohler, Albert (June 3, 2022). "How Would You Address a Transgender Person in a Casual Conversation? — Dr. Mohler Responds to Letters from Listeners of The Briefing". Retrieved 2022-10-26.
  43. ^ "Homosexuality and the Military—What's Really at Stake?". Retrieved 2022-10-26.
  44. ^ "Why Does the Universe Look So Old? (Albert Mohler) – Credo Magazine".
  45. ^ "The Subtle Body — Should Christians Practice Yoga?". Albert Mohler. 2010-09-20. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  46. ^ "Southern Baptist leader on yoga: Not Christianity". Associated Press. 2010-10-07. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  47. ^ "Can a Christian be Libertarian?". Up For Debate with Julie Roys. 2016-03-05. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-09. Can Christians can be libertarians, or is libertarianism inconsistent with Christian ideals? Julie Roys, host of Up for Debate, [discussed] the issue with Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, who says libertarianism is idolatrous. Challenging his perspective will be Norman Horn, founder of the Christian Libertarian Institute, who argues that "libertarianism is the most consistent expression of Christian political thought."

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