the more i learn, the more i realize i don’t know. —— albert einstein.
the more i study certain things, the more i feel i can’t ever possibly fully understand them.
for example, the creationism vs. evolution debate is something that i have been passionate about for a long time, not because i have a firm opinion but because i feel that any firm opinion on the subject is imperfect and impossible to argue fully. my opinion on the matter is something you can take up with me by email or in person sometime, but this is not the place for it.
most of all, i believe that my beliefs on this matter don’t matter at all, and i believe that i may be completely wrong. i believe strongly that, as a body and as a church, christians should not put forth a firm opinion on this matter, because of the distinct possibility that this stance may be scientifically proven to be incorrect. we are at an important crossroads- much like the church faced in the days of copernicus and galileo. galileo was a devout catholic who simply discovered something that contradicted what the church had been teaching. his findings were not unbiblical, but they were not in line with church tradition and traditional readings of scripture.
when galileo realized for certain that the earth was not the center of the universe or even the solar system, the first people he brought the knowledge to were the clergy. he wanted the church to know, so that they could carefully restructure their preaching so that they didn’t look dumb when his findings were published. unfortunately, the church did no such thing, and to make a long story short, looked quite dumb.
people started to question the church then. if the church was wrong about this, then what else could they be wrong about?
we are at a very similar point in our history. what if the church is wrong about creationism? what if someday, someone can prove it?
I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forgo their use. — Galileo
i believe in a God who embodies love, who created humans and the universe out of an overflow of that love, and who has given us the undeserved opportunity to spend eternity with him despite our rebellion and sinful nature. none of that has anything to do with how the earth was created and how long it took.
It is surely harmful to souls to make it a heresy to believe what is proved— Galileo