“You are not only a coward but a non-believer as well.”
It may not quite be at the level of a vibranium shield, but my skin is a lot thicker than it used to be. When you start a blog that promotes something as insanely unorthodox as the idea that the author of Genesis 1-3 might have (like most other biblical authors) made use of a metaphor here and there, you come to expect that some fundamentalists are going to call Father Merrin and start reaching for the holy water.
It’s unfortunate — and, often, perplexing — but you learn to get used to it.
Even so, there are times I receive emailed messages like the one quoted above, and it hits like a punch in the gut. I know I should just ignore such trollishness. Usually I can. But not always.
Now, it would be easy to paint this as an “us vs. them” thing, the “us” meaning those of us who think evolution is good science and the literal-ish reading of Genesis is bad hermeneutics, and the “them” being anyone who disagrees. But I don’t want to do that, mainly because it would be exceptionally counterproductive to the ultimate goal of making evolution a less contentious issue in the evangelical conversation, but also because it simply isn’t true. Read on