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Crumb – Are You Opened Minded?

Last updated on January 17, 2019

Are open-minded? Apparently, I’m not. At least In in some things.

Yes, it’s about another podcast. I’m on a bit of a search for historic and academic theology. I label myself as a wistful agnostic and wish I could find something substantial that would push me over the edge. My wife argues firmly, pointing her finger: “that’s why it’s called faith and not reason you dolt.” Okay. I don’t argue.

So, I’ve been listening to a theology podcast and got pretty ginned up since he was spending a lot of time on creation questions. I can’t blame him for not knowing but, in the past, I’ve researched every kind of Christian creation story that there is. Hindi, too. And found that I each case, they begin with god and, for the Christians, an interpretation of Genesis, and sift settled facts about evolution in that light. It results in each group not only disagreeing with evolution proper, but with each other. And there is no way to tell if anyone is right. Do days in the creation story mean a 24-hour day or a million years. Science doesn’t speak to the question but each must be interpreted according to your theology. And there is no way to reasonable sort it out.

To the subject. I emailed the podcast host and gave some opinions about his content. He emailed back – very nice – and said that I (in this case) lack any sort of open-mindedness. I suppose he is correct. I kind of agree with Tim Keller who, in The Reason for God, claims that Christianity, when examined, shouldn’t fall under the same logic as the determination of the makeup of DNA. To wit: one can be measured by anyone with skills to do so. The other requires a certain kind of historical logic. But when you’re parsing the science of a 6,000-year-old earth, I damn well expect that you have your geology, molecular biology, and physics in order.

It pinches to hear the response that you’re closed minded. It carries the weight of refusing to examine evidence. And it’s true in this case. I no longer spend time wondering if the earth is a few thousand years old or if Eve was made from a rib removed from Adam’s side. And in the same way, the podcaster must be closed minded: he is studying genetics at Harvard. Does he subscribe to the idea held by some Christians that genes are sentient? That they have a goal in their expression? That they remake themselves to make a better man? Maybe, but then his grades must suffer as there is no evidence for this but it is an entirely subjective view.

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4 Comments

  1. Hey!!! I could respond to this post! First time. I don’t think faith requires us to believe something that is unbelievable. A 6000-year old earth is unbelievable. Same as the Noah’s ark story. God is infallible, but man is not. We can look at these stories as just that – stories, meant to teach lessons, but not scientifically factual.

    • Dennis Mitton Dennis Mitton

      Hopefully, I’ve fixed the response issue! Of course, believable/unbelievable is the question! There are groups that would require a believer to believe in a young earth (`6,000 years old) to be orthodox. Are you a fan of Francis Schaeffer? He thought that the Bible contained what he called ‘Master Stories’ which are exactly what you refer to: stories that are meant to tell mankind something important but not meant to be taken literally.

      • I will have to look up Mr. Schaeffer. I have never heard of him. I will let you know.

      • Dennis Mitton Dennis Mitton

        ‘How Should We Then Live’ was always my favorite.

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