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Albert Mohler

(born October 19, 1959), is an American theologian and the ninth president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been described as "one of America's most influential evangelicals".[1]

Mohler is a native of Lakeland, Florida. As a child he attended Lake Yale, a Florida Baptist campground. 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 BirminghamAlabama. His graduate degrees, a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in "Systematic and Historical Theology," were conferred by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, also known as Southern Seminary.[citation needed]

In addition to his presidency at SBTS, Mohler is the former host of the The Albert Mohler Program, a nationwide radio show devoted to engaging contemporary culture with Christian beliefs.[3]He is former vice chairman of the board of Focus on the Family and a member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.[4] 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."[5] Mohler has presented lectures or addresses at a variety of conservative evangelical universities.[citation needed]

Mohler joined the staff of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in LouisvilleKentucky in 1983 as Coordinator of Foundation Support. In 1987, he became Director of Capital Funding, a post he held until 1989. While still a student he had served as assistant to then-President Roy Honeycutt.[citation needed] In February 1993, Mohler was appointed the ninth President of the seminary by the institution's board of trustees to succeed Honeycutt.[citation needed]  In 2004, Mohler hosted a symposium at Southern Seminary honoring Paul Pressler, the former judge from HoustonTexas, who was a prime leader in the Southern Baptist Convention Conservative resurgence that began in 1979, a movement which ultimately toppled the moderate faction from its control over the SBC. At the symposium held on the 25th anniversary of the Conservative resurgence, Pressler attributed rank-and-file church members for reversing the trend toward theological liberalism in the denomination. Mohler said that without the Conservative resurgence, the SBC would in time have become as liberal as the Episcopal or the Methodist churches. Mohler said that because members of local churches are the ultimate decision makers in the denomination, the concerned laypeople were able to reverse the direction of the SBC.[6]  Mohler served as editor of The Christian Index,[7] the biweekly newsletter of the Georgia Baptist Convention. From 1985 to 1993 he was Associate Editor of the bi-monthly Preaching Magazine.[8] Mohler also served on the Advisory Council for the 2001 English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. Mohler blogs on, a web site maintained by Salem Web Network of Richmond, Virginia.[9] Mohler blogs on his website[10] and hosts "The Briefing," a daily podcast on current events from the Christian perspective.[11] Mohler also hosts "Thinking in Public," an extended interview podcast on theological and cultural issues.[12]

In 2008, Al Mohler declined to sign An Evangelical Manifesto, publishing a lengthy explanation for his decision.[13] Mohler is an evangelical and an exclusivist, which means that he believes Jesus is the only way through which an individual can attain salvation or have a relationship with God the Father. 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 JudaismIslam,[14] and Catholicism.[15] He recently stated that "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."[14] He believes Muslims are motivated by demonic power[14] and in the months after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Mohler characterized Islamic views of Jesus as false and destructive: