Monday, February 25, 2008

A Lecture, A Man, The Beginning of the World

This past week I went to a lecture by Frances Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and author of "Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief". It was surprisingly light. The lecture itself was non-technical in nature and even included a clip from his appearance on the Colbert Report. He basically argued in favor of theistic evolution. I got the tickets from Leighton Ford and got to meet him on Wednesday night. He was warm and totally present, but when he is done with a conversation, he is done with a conversation... All in all, I suppose this is not a bad way to be. You give people attention when you are with them and everyone is clear about what is going on. Just between you and me (and every person in the world with internet access) I was really hoping to sit with him at the lecture, but it didn't pan out.

As for the theistic evolution, I guess I am not fundamentally opposed to this view. My personal view is that I don't know what happened. The Genesis account is unbelievably poetic and it would not surprise me one bit if it didn't refer to a seven day creation. Whereas on the other hand, the Isrealites sure thought it was a seven day period. For what it is worth, I think it is possible that the Universe is young but was necessarily created with age or that the earth is much older and theistic evolution is certainly a possibility, although in general I don't think the time-line is quite right for evolution (i.e. - the Cambrian Explosion). This does not make good teaching material.


Anonymous said...

Interesting... Well I admire your honestly, but as a Christ follower that believes in the inerrant word of God I would have to say that I believe in the account of Genesis. It is more than just "poetic".

By boldly saying that you do not know whether or not scripture is a metaphor or truthful, you have opened the door for Satan. If you start here by doubting the word of Creation, then it is only a matter of time before Satan will through you another curve ball. For example, it is clearly written in Leviticus 18:22 that homosexuality is wrong, but many would argue that since it was written to the priests that it doesn't apply to everyone. Be careful! As a brother I encourage and commend you for your honesty, but as a youth pastor to a youth pastor I think you need to be doing more research. This topic isn't one that you can tell a teen that I am not sure of. There entire existence hangs on why they were created. Do not be luke-warm, its not a good idea. There is a book I would recommend that is intitled "UNRAVELING ORIGINS CONTROVERSY" by DeWitt. It is worth looking at.

I am not mad, but I am concerned and want to help any Christ follower grow deeper and closer to God.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your comment, the gay thing was kind of out of left field, but your comments have been duly noted.