What are your opinions on evolution and the Bible? Personally, I think what is said in genesis pretty accurately (albeit vaguely. But hey, Moses did the best he could with the vocabulary of the time) describes how modern science thinks the earth formed and how complex life evolved. What I think is interesting is that in Genesis, it says that the EARTH brought forth plants and living things itself (evolution) but are at the same time God’s creation. First the plants (Genesis 1:11), then “Let the WATERS bring forth abundantly the moving creatures etc…” (Genesis 1:20). Modern science says that complex life originated in the oceans, which seems to be concurrent with this. And then we come to Genesis 1:21, “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good”. This verse is kinda hard to follow, but it says that living things were brought forth by the earth, but are also God’s creation and the “after his kind” part might have some correlation with evolution. Finally we get to humans. When it is said that we were made in God’s image, do you think that it is still referring to evolution or that we were placed here in a completely different way? As for the whole “day” thing, the original word translated to “day” could have meant a number of things, such as : 1) day, time, year 1a) day (as opposed to night) 1b) day (24 hour period) 1b1) as defined by evening and morning in Genesis 1 1b2) as a division of time 1b2a) a working day, a day's journey 1c) days, lifetime (pl.) 1d) time, period (general) 1e) year 1f) temporal references 1f1) today 1f2) yesterday 1f3) tomorrow. Of these, I think the “division of time” or an unspecified period of time would make more sense in the scientific point of view in the same way that “eon” or “era” is used in geologic time. But this rises the question of the seventh day when he rested, instituting the Sabbath. This would explain why the earth, scientifically speaking, is about 4.6 Billion years old rather than 6000 like young earth creationists believe. As a geologist, I know quite a bit more about how the world works than most and I have seen some pretty ridiculous explanations for some of the things that we can observe today such as that guy Kent Hovind. I really was not satisfied with his explanation for magnetic anomalies on the ocean floor and a bunch of other geology related stuff, so I stopped listening to him pretty soon after I started hearing what he had to say. The way I see it, we should not be afraid of science. If we are secure in our beliefs, then science will only prove the word of God right. It may however disprove the currently accepted interpretation of something, such as young earth creationism.
Hi Rex Not sure if I should post here or email.. My husband recently started listening to your podcast and had it on in the car and I caught an episode when you were discussing how pagan beliefs were incorporated into Christianity...this is always portrayed as some kind of negative when in reality the whole of Christianity is based on the conglomeration of previous religions, literature, and ideas. For instance the creation of man story, the snake & the apple, Noah's flood, these were all original stories in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" one of the earliest known literary works. The flood story is point by point identical. Jesus coming back from the dead is also a reoccurring theme in religions of the time. You seem very knowledgeable and open to discussion, have you read the book "The God Delusion" by Dawkins? It was eye-opening, still searching for the person who can answer the questions that book poses. So, I am wondering why you are a Christian and not a Buddhist or Agnostic? How do you justify many of the immoral teachings of the bible? I found your podcasts entertaining, especially the societal collapse one and discussing eating hamsters (LOL), good stuff. Keep up the good work!