Was talking about this with a guy at church the other day. I cleaned up my part of the conversation, of course, but he had been saying how the government spends too much on these “environmental / Global Warming” studies.
I told him it was because a lot of people won’t believe PICTURES of a chunk of ice the size of Manhattan Island breaking off of the Polar ice cap and floating towards Manhattan Island. Some braindeads can’t believe that because Fox News says global warming is a “theory” and Fox News got that news directly from God.
This guy is seventy-five years old and admittedly can’t remember extended heat waves and droughts like we’re had since he was a kid. And we didn’t have them then, and if we did then we’re talking months, not years.
Well, it seemed to him to be a phase we go through. We have long periods of drought, and we had the Ice Age ….
He opened the door, I just followed him into the room:
“So where in the Bible do you read about the Ice Age? Is that in the Book before or after they talk about dinosaurs? The Ice Age was first theorized, then examined and then proven by science, you just acknowledged it and now it’s an argument – based on science – being used to shoot down even the idea of global warming.
“Is science believable only when you can use it against the ‘theory’ of global warming but isn’t believable when it comes to an argument against Creationism?”
It’s not easy for me being a Darwinian Creationist.
Nor is it contradictory or hypocritical.
It’s just that one side thinks I’m a Bible thumper, the other thinks I’m Satan.
I believe entirely that God created the heavens and the earth and all the living beings upon it.
I just put more credence into Stephen Hawking’s and Carl Sagan’s timetable.
That schedule I accept includes the fact that the earth has changed more drastically since the start of the Industrial Revolution than in apparently has during any given millennium preceding it.
I believe in much of what the Bible teaches (and I say “much” because I have yet to consider all it has to say to us), but have a difficult time taking some of its stories literally.
Much of the Bible outside of the historical books and chronicles strikes me as being metaphorical:
fire-spewing, flaming chariots flying through the skies?
If that is to be taken literally it could very easily be referring to some common aircraft of our current times.
Or it could mean “We are not alone” in the Mulderesque sense.
But the Bible in general, word for word truth?
I think it would be like handing a college level Biology / Chemistry / Physics textbook to a second grader and then having to explain it in the simplest terms possible.
Keeping that in mind, I remember an article in Rolling Stone back in the very late 70s about the Shroud of Turin.
Seems a very well known, well respected and highly regarded pathologist was on a team that examined the Shroud and came to the scientific conclusion that Jesus didn’t have a navel.
Believing that God created the heavens and the earth helps me believe in the idea / story of His Only Begotten Son. That’s be easy enough after having set the Big Bang in motion.
A scientific approach leaves room for Biblical interpretation.
The Bible, or those who take it literally, leave no room for science.
Unless the science they deny helps them debunk empirical “myths” they choose not to believe.
If some people want to believe He created the earth in six days, I will respect their belief as long as they seem sincere about it. I won’t question it as a belief, I won’t argue with them about the validity, and I will respect their faith in that belief.
The fact that we could probably destroy our celestial home in a matter of hours seems to be of no concern to some people who would be perfectly content with that if it rid us all of radical Muslims and liberal Democrats. And tree-huggers.
They’re in no hurry. They’ll wait through Nuclear Winter if need be.
And if all the oceans were to dry up entirely and surface water be non-existent, it would just be further proof of The Book of Revelations being a literal history of the End Times we can’t foresee.