Already Compromised - Ken Ham & Greg Hall Grade the Institutions that Train Our Pastors & Teachers

I read this book twice before I felt comfortable writing a review for it. It wasn't an easy book to digest, though the conclusions Ken Ham & Greg Hall make were rather expected. We've all noticed this downward trend toward extraBiblical Creationist positions and the new evangelical "tolerance" that's come with it.

Already Compromised is something of a sequel to Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church & What You Can Do .... Both books are based on research conducted by America's Research Group. Both also statistically verify a trend toward compromise with evolution and millions of years, which results in a large number of people abandoning the faith.

Since the information in Already Gone is applicable to Already Comprised, you should definitely read both books. I even recommend that you read them in order to get the full effect. Already Gone documents the effect that teaching kids evolution and millions of years has on their faith. It statistically demonstrates that most kids begin questioning the Bible in middle school when evolution and millions of years are actively pushed in science classrooms. It explains why a lot of our churched youth graduate from church when they graduate from high school. And, most disturbingly, it demonstrated that those who attended Sunday School regularly were actually more likely to question the Bible, hold unBiblical views and ultimately abandon the faith than those who did not attend Sunday School regularly [Yeah... we're doing it wrong]. Already Gone called for churches to begin critically evaluating their Sunday School curriculum, the quality of their teachers [train them, for crying out loud!] and their commitment to doctrine and apologetics [over Bible stories and arts and crafts time].

One of the reasons that kids who regularly attended Sunday School were more likely to doubt the Bible and begin their slippery slide out the church door was because those kids were more likely to hear a Sunday School teacher or pastor tell them that they could believe in the Bible and millions of years of microbes-to-man evolution.

Already Compromised picks up the question where it concerns Christian colleges and universities. What the researchers found is that the science department tends to have a more Biblical view of origins than the theology/Bible department. Um, what?

Let me just take a moment to state the obvious: That's just messed up. Why should the theologians be more inclined to hold an extraBiblical view of origins than the science department?

As crazy as this sounds, 77.8% of the Religion departments of the Christian colleges and universities polled considered themselves Old Earth Creationists (with only 14.8% calling themselves Young Earth Creationists) compared to only 34.9% of the Science departments (who weighed in at 57.1% Young Earth). It appears that theologians have abdicated the battle for the mind and now defer authority to the expertise of secular scientists who are, by and large, opposed to God, supernatural agency and supernatural revelation; on the other hand, Christian scientists have been forced to evaluate the limits of science, the meaning of naturalism and the effect of evolution and millions of years on the Bible.

I've been seeing this for a while.

One of the other things of note that this book uncovers is a difference in perception between college presidents [who must market and fund-raise for their schools] and vice-presidents [who deal with inter-departmental issues]. Presidents tend to have a rosier view of the situation than the fellow just below them in the trenches. This is nothing more than a lack of intercommunication [and honest introspection] that Christian colleges must address.

Another, deeper issue uncovered is that those with extraBiblical, compromise views of origins tended to give the "right" answers until they were asked questions with more specificity. As the authors note, a new sort of evangelical Newspeak has crept in that uses the same language but means something completely different. This is especially troublesome where it concerns the authority of the Bible and the issue of origins!

Already Compromised contains several good appendices, including a questionaire for a prospective college [one you might pose to your pastor and Sunday School teachers as well!]. If you're considering a Christian college, you should definitely pick up this book. You should especially consider one of the colleges listed at, which list includes my alma mater, Appalachian Bible College.

This book has but one flaw: It does not spell out what this means for clergy. Make no mistake, and I say this as a member of clergy, the biggest issue here is that these compromising theology/Bible departments are training our ministers, missionaries, etc. These clergy then come to your church, my church, the church around the corner, and begin to tell their congregations and Sunday School teachers that you can believe the Bible and millions of years of microbes-to-man evolution. This leads to the predicament discussed in Already Gone of kids doubting the authority of God's Word and abandoning the Church. Those who survive go on to attend Christian Colleges, many of which compromise where it concerns origins and, therefore Biblical authority as well. If their fate is anywhere similar to students who attend public universities, 52% of them will no longer identify themselves as born-again Christians after four years; those that do will not have attended a church service in over a year! Some of those who remain will be taught that they can accept extraBiblical views of origins, and among those will be future clergy, Sunday School teachers and missionaries... ready to propogate the ver-widening circle of apostasty and compromise.

On a personal note, this book more than any other finally sheds much-needed insight into why atheist Dr Michael Zimmerman's pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project currently boasts the signatures of more than 12,700 signatures while the response letter at affirming the historical veracity of a literal Creation Week and a worldwide Noachian Flood has only been signed by a little more than 80 clergy. Our theology departments are simply training our clergy to believe evolution and millions of years as facts! [I realize there are other factors involved, chiefly apathy/complacency and the fragmented nature of the Creation movement itself (you know what I mean: you only meet 999, 998 of my personal 1,000,000-item critieria for a Biblical Christian, so we can't work together, amen?)]

What can we do? Is it enough to send our kids to Bible-affirming colleges? Is it enough to hold our professors accountable? No. We need to begin examining our clergy and, as much as I hate to say this as a preacher, we need to rid our pulpits and lecterns of pastors and teachers who hold compromise positions. Appendix D provides a rather handy questionaire which might be used. In any case, one must remember to be as specific as possible in order get past the evangelical Newspeak some utilize to mask their true position!

I definitely recommend this book. Purchase your copy of Already Compromised here.


Rev Tony Breeden
From the Bookwyrm's Lair

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Comment by Buddy Helms on June 3, 2011 at 1:25pm
I just finished reading this book.  As far as the one flaw you mention, perhaps they can make another sequel and interview clergy, recent seminary and college graduates, etc.  I appreciate their pointing out that determining what a person believes may be very difficult due to newspeak.  This is a term taken from George Orwell's 1984.  On the surface, what many of the school presidents and vice-presidents seem to be doctrinally sound, but the terms they use may have a different meaning for them.  None of the schools I attended made the list, and I wasn't surprised.  The severity of the problem is somewhat overwhelming.  It's good to know that there are a few schools that hold to the absolute truth of Scripture, but even this carries a disclaimer.  Even if a school makes their approved list, they will tell you, "parents and students need to conduct their own due diligence in their research, asking representatives the right questions, with specific inquiries about Genesis."  They say, "It should be noted that such affirmation by the college representative does not necessarily mean the entire college/university  -- including individual professors -- will take the same stand."

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