Talking Points

From today’s TFN News Clips:

“We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris.”

— Michael Zimmerman, dean of Butler University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Indiana and an evolutionary biologist by training, quoted in an article about this weekend’s Evolution Sunday. Zimmerman is the creator of Evolution Sunday and the founder of The Clergy Letter Project. The letter has been signed by more than 13,000 religious leaders, stating that those signing it accept evolution as a foundational scientific truth.

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3 thoughts on “Talking Points

  1. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

    Yes, Christian Neo-Fundamentalists read that verse as “…turn off your brain and become a vegetable for Jesus.” If Jesus had wanted us to do that, he would have put a stalk of celery in our heads instead of a brain. Wait a minute. Has anyone looked inside the cranium of a…

  2. This brought to mind Chariots of Fire: “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

    I’m not a runner, and God certainly didn’t make me fast. So for me, it would be: He made me smart, and when I think, I feel His pleasure.

  3. celeriac,
    If these folks were REALLY religious they’d stop ALL manifestations of reason. Such as using a stick to collect termites from a termite mound.
    That’s way too egghead scientific for the truly righteous.
    The TRULY righteous simply open their mouths and wait for a loaf of bread to fall from heaven.