I was going to send the following piece to the Letter to the Editor in our local paper, but then had second thoughst, thanks to my daughter’s insightful observation. “You don’t crap where you live, Dad.” So I thought mybe my blog was the perfect place for this…
A Perfect Match
For as long as there has been science (we’ll start with the Greeks) and as long as there has been a Bible (we’ll start with the Hebrews) there has been a fight going on between reason and faith. And here we go again in the “thought provoking” age of today. Our media, or shall we say our cultural mind, has decided, like a fight promoter, that it’s a good time for a rematch of an oldie but goodie: Evolution vs Creative Design, which used to be billed as Creationism.
This would be a very entertaining contest if so many people didn’t take the bout so seriously. This has become a blood sport. So as a side line sitter who just walked into the arena, what is this fight all about? I’m sure you would like to know as much as I do. Can’t these two contenders live together, I wonder? Maybe we can just declare a draw and go home. Lets look.
Well, to start simple, we know from watching fighters that a fight is all about domination. And what is domination all about? One needs to dominate when you don’t feel safe in anothe’s presence. Have you noticed that the fight between Creative Design and Evolution is one between an aggressor and a defender. The scientists didn’t go into the church to put Darwin in the Bible. So why can’t both sides stay in their own classroom. The sign above each door saying enroll for Reason here, enroll for Faith here. Same school, two classrooms. Both trying to teach the truth.
Well, how can there be two truths, one might ask. As easy as there are two side to the same coin. Our minds are made up of these two sides. The cultural fight is really a movie from the projection booth inside out heads. We are really watching the film called “Fact vs Belief”. This is where we all live. We see facts and our belief (which comes from our conditioning) tells us what the facts mean. Nobody disputes the facts, its the meaning of the facts that creates the billing for this fight. In fact, that’s the cause of every fight. Two different conclusions about the same facts.
The only way out of this fight is to get out of the ring and get a side seat. Don’t bet on either fighter, just watch. From that seat one could conclude that there is a confusion over territory here. Science claims the territory of historical time. Such and such happened and here are the causes. Religion claims the territory of eternity. Such and such happened and here is how you get there.
It seems time is the dividing factor. Now religion will be the first to say that eternity is not in time, rather time is in eternity. So eternity is right now and always will be and always was. So God must not be back in time as a distant creator, like a cabinet maker, but sitting here now watching the bout.
He is probably a little miffed that people don’t appreciate the wonderful scheme he created where life could evolve on its own merits without Him having to intervene with magic tricks. That guy named Darwin discovered that trick, God must think (but I don’t think God thinks). But, of course, he didn’t get the whole story, God might think again. Thank God, (God might smile at this thought) religion is there to remember Me. But wait, God might say holding up His finger (as if God had a finger), I don’t want people to remember Me, I want them to know Me as I am now in this eternal moment, not in the past because I don’t live there. If only these people would look past the fight of natural selection, they would come upon the goal in My evolutionary plan…. Me. If anybody asked Me, God goes on, trying not to show His wounded pride (as if God could have pride) both sides only have half the truth, and no one will ever know the whole truth as long as they think they know it. God smiles to Himself here (as if He had a self), this is the final link in My evolutional plan for man. In order to evolve past this natural selection part, man has to stop thinking about himself and stop fighting over who is right. Here God breaks out laughing (as if God could laugh) because He remembers a TV show which said, “The truth is out there..” I should have written that “The truth is in there,” He thinks to Himself.
But, unfortunately, God might think sadly (as if God could be sad), no one notices Me here in the audience watching this bout. Perhaps these people haven’t evolved enough.
Writer’s note: This piece is not intended to praise or blame either side in this bout but merely to throw some water on a very heated battle. We all need to cool off because it is impossible to hear reason with the fight bell clanging.
Posted under General Observations
This post was written by ed on October 28, 2005