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To: newsgatherer
newsgatherer, your Christian faith reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, where the Red Queen tells Alice that she can believe in impossible things if she would only try, that she herself has believed in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Biblical literalism/inerrancy used to be what I believed, including young-Earth creationism (YEC). Then I learned something about evolution and geology, and I reached the dreadful position of realizing that my simple teenaged faith was wrong. I stopped being a Christian for many years. I realize now that YEC is a stumbling block for millions of well-educated people's faith, who equate belief in YEC with faith in Christ -- thanks to the efforts of you and your kindred.

Now I am a Christian again. I have felt the power of the Holy Spirit in my life, leading me away from sin and towards wholesome things. Evolution is not a threat to my faith, science is not a threat to my faith, and it shouldn't threaten yours either.

I might mention an experience I had many years ago. I was a freshman in college when I attended a debate between Dr. Duane Gish and a biology professor from my college. Gish had a slick and entertaining presentation, with professionally produced color slides and folksy stories. The biology professor spent 40 minutes carefully explaining, using logarithms, how radiometric dating works. The biology professor knew that if he proved the Earth is more than 10,000 years old, YEC is disproved. I have no doubt the audience thought that Gish demolished the college prof: as a math teacher I can guarantee to you very few people know how logarithms work. But I was a physics major and I already knew calculus. So I understood the biology professor's argument and it was convincing. After the debate, I approached Gish to ask him a question: How can we see the Andromeda Galaxy if it is two million light years away? (One light year = the distance light travels in one year.) His answer: He didn't know anything about astronomy, but God tells us in Genesis that he created the lights in the sky to instruct men, so he must have created the light in transit. At that point, it was abundantly clear that not only is YEC wrong, but its proponents were foolish.

28 posted on 10/11/2005 5:28:13 AM PDT by megatherium
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To: megatherium
Newsgatherer, your Christian faith reminds me of Alice in Wonderland ...

Ah and your evolutionary faith reminds me of the princess who kissed the frog and the frog became a prince. Yu guys have just changed the method, she kissed the frog and he became a prince, you guys replaced the kiss with millions and millions of years, and the frog became a prince.

51 posted on 10/11/2005 6:43:41 AM PDT by newsgatherer
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To: megatherium

Thank you for this excellent post. It's a shame that it is dismissed out of hand by those who need to read it the most.


59 posted on 10/11/2005 7:03:35 AM PDT by Liberal Classic (No better friend, no worse enemy. Semper Fi.)
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To: megatherium
Evolution is not a threat to my faith, science is not a threat to my faith, and it shouldn't threaten yours either.

Very well said. If one believes that the Scriptures are the Word of God, then one must also believe that nothing a scientist discovers can contradict Scripture. The scientist's conclusions about what he discovered may be in error, but the data itself, if accurately recorded, cannot contradict the Bible. (Two contradictory things cannot both be true.) Thus scientific endeavors are no threat to one's faith. Instead, they cannot do anything other than confirm and strengthen our faith.

89 posted on 10/11/2005 9:48:29 AM PDT by Redcloak (We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singin' "whiskey for my men and beer for my horses!")
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