so, today I read this article in the church times. the most staggering paragraph is this one:

The displays are built around “The Seven C’s of God’s Eternal Plan: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation.” A huge demolition ball labelled “Millions of years” is depicted smashing at the foundations of a church, symbolising the moral dissolution caused by those scientists and philosophers who have supported evolutionary theory, thus undermining biblical authority. The resulting cracks reach across the gallery to a model of a home where a boy sitting at a computer is portrayed looking at pornography.

Oh wow - God's plan is Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross and Consummation? Really?......no, really?

I mean God's plan includes Corruption, Catastrophe and Confusion? What kind of God is this?

and this is all without the slightly bizarre association that belief in evolutionary theory undermines biblical authority (huh?) and ends in leading teenage boys to internet pornography.

I have some very very good friends who are creationists and believe in a young earth and the literal historical scientific interpretation of Genesis 1 - it is possible to hold this belief without the need to extrapolate from this belief that others who believe in the literary genre of myth and poetry (in which in my humble opinion Genesis 1 falls) are denying biblical authority. for those who do extrapolate like this it seems to be just one more way in which people can say 'we're the real Christians' - and don't we have enough of that already?

you may say that it is a strictly american phenomenon, but I have seen this mindset in the UK. In one church's magazine I read an article which stated that if you deny the literal historical interpretation of Genesis 1 then you are denying the need for Christ to die on the Cross (again, huh?)

there seems to be something about human beings that makes us want to be right and for others to be wrong. those who want there to be a rapture so they can leave behind messages basically saying 'I told you so'. what is it with us that it is so hard to admit that we might not have all the answers? that someone else might see something of God that we do not? I know I do it too. I will try harder not to do that in future.

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