Author Archives: COD

Why bother?

Why continue to run this blog?  It has connected us with new friends but it has also garnered plenty of rebuke and opprobrium from platforms and magazine around the community.  Our purpose in starting this blog was twofold. Firstly to provide a place to engage politely on the questions of creation and secondly to demonstrate an acceptance of basic science doesn’t mean an end of faith.  Aggression and a dogmatic refusal of reality doesn’t honour God’s word, it damages his children – especially the young. Continue reading

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Noah’s ark makes creationists evolutionists

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Creationists are pretty fixed on some things.  God definitely did not use evolution to create.  There are missing links which disprove evolution.  Noah’s flood was literal and worldwide.  Any science disproving their claims is an atheist conspiracy to undermine Biblical truth.  Then when they start trying to explain the details of how stuff then works the contradictions begin to pile up incredibly fast.  They even become hyper evolutionists. Continue reading

An example Creationist attack

Evolutionary Creation is regularly misrepresented and condemned in our community.  Frustratingly there is limited opportunity to correct the errors or deal with the poor logic on display by creationists (certainly not from platforms and in magazines).  Following is extracts of one publicly available talk[1] with a specific example of anti EC poor logic.  The speaker agrees with the evidence EC presents of non-literal language in Scripture.  Rather than discuss a consistent approach to scripture, the speaker instead opts for an out of context attack. Continue reading

Why mortality? To learn.

While not speaking to creation, this extract from a 1960 article by Jean Galbraith caught our eye so we thought we would share it.  It suggests (with good reason) why Adam & Eve were necessarily subject to temptation.  Her broader subject was converting knowledge into action via the experience of good and evil.

“Our whole life, and the reason for it, is nothing but an opportunity for turning these good  things [bible readings, verses, poems, wise sayings] into living experience.

Why did Adam and all his descendants have to work up through the training-ground of mortal life to immortality ? Simply because it was no use merely telling them, as it is no use merely telling us, “In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”. We can learn it only by experience—as Eve did.

It is no use merely telling us, “1 will never leave thee nor forsake thee”. We have to learn it by experience—as Joshua did. This is the hardest, as well as the most important thing we have to learn—to translate words into reality, to live the things that we say we believe.

We read, ‘ ‘When thou passest through the waters I will be with thee”, and we believe it with our minds, but we never know what it really means until we go through those waters, praying God all the while to be with us, and use the experience we are passing through to make us more able to help others, to teach us through it the lessons He would have us learn.”[1]

A similar article which dealt specifically with why Adam failed is posted here.

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[1] Galbraith, Jean (1960) Shield Magazine (Vol 63, page 7)

Archaeology finds widespread Neolithic masks through the Middle East

It is a common refrain, that archaeology proves the bible true.  There is truth in the expression, but archaeology also informs our understanding of the bible.  Rather than assume what Jerusalem was like, the archaeologist is able to discover many details to assist our understanding.  Many findings also challenge cherished understandings of the bible.  Eg the widespread Neolithic culture which covers from 10,000BC to around 8,000BC. Continue reading

Shall the fundamentalists win?

This sermon with its assertive title was given in 1922 – three years before the Scopes trial – as relevant now as ever.   It speaks to the dangers of intolerance and closing the mind to reality.  The sermon was republished by John D. Rockefeller at his own expense and distributed in the thousands, under the more cautious title, “The New Knowledge and the Christian Faith.”  The preacher’s points about intolerance and fundamentalism (as opposed to conservatism) are worth considering, even though we disagree with many parts of his position.  The whole sermon is reproduced in the interests of transparency rather than his work to fit our preferences. Continue reading

We are all adam

The focus on Adam in Genesis largely misses the point that we are all adam.  Scripture clearly aligns all humanity with the first couple in its language.   Rather than obsess over biology, we should rather take the point of the demonstration of human failure and divine grace which Gen 2-3 portrays.  We can chose to be in Adam or in Christ.  Focussing on the later would be healthy.  Following is a brief exploration of the way scripture links us to Adam… Continue reading