A False Dichotomy

the intersection between reason and faithThere is a tendency in fundamentalist and (some)  evangelical churches to set up a false dichotomy between science and faith–as if faith in God precludes a serious study of evolutionary biology (for example) and vise versa.  This same mentality also attempts to coerce people– through threats of hell and hopes of paradise –into believing in a factually inerrant bible (which they then use to bolster the authority of their personal opinions–most of which were arrived at through a similar process of coercive sectarian conditioning).  How much better to read BOTH the book of scripture AND the book of nature (and  to read both BOTH critically AND devotionally).  Experience suggests that both of these– when approached with an open heart and mind –point us to “the living Word” which speaks within the heart of every human being.

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” ~ John 5:39-40

–> Reading the Bible in the 21st Century…

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