Good Bible

Malcolm Reynolds knows good Bible wisdom when he sees it.

Proverbs 12:15: The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice.

Proverbs 15:32: Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Proverbs 17:10: A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding
than a hundred blows into a fool.

Proverbs 19:20: Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.

Proverbs 29:1: He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

Ecclesiastes 7:5: It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise
than to hear the song of fools.

This list of verses is from a reader who was bothered by the behavior of one Calvin Smith, as displayed in our most recent post, in which the CMI writer is caught being somewhat less than honest in one of his articles and proceeds to throw a full-blown hissy fit.

On the other hand, some of you have questioned whether my own handling of the situation might have gone a bit too far (by being a total douchebag, for example, according to one Facebook commenter). I’m certainly not about to say I’m a man unique and magically endowed without the need for instruction, reproof, advice or any of the other good stuff mentioned in the verses above.

The creation-evolution controversy is, well, controversial (I guess that’s why they call it that). And however strongly and passionately I do believe certain young-earth proponents present a distorted view of the gospel, and often do so in ways that are harmful to the overall health and unity of the church, it doesn’t change the fact that if all of us who are involved in this discussion took a little bit more of the wisdom of Proverbs to heart, we’d probably avoid many of the problems we run into.

That’s why I wanted to share these verses with you.

Plus, I just really like “Firefly.”


Tyler Francke is founder of God of Evolution and author of Reoriented. He can be reached at

  • Seth

    Another Firefly fan – even like the music 🙂

    • Funny! Yeah, I like the music too, but my wife hates it. She likes the show but can’t stand the intro song.

      • Seth

        Just in case anyone else is wondering….

        Extended version!

  • Hey, look! Nathan Fillion! Haven’t seen him on the internet before.

    • Yeah apparently he was in a show or something.

      • He’s in a few video games, too… What’s that series called? Ringworld? No… that’s not it… HALO! Yea, that’s the one.

  • ashleyhr

    Wasn’t Tyler going to flag Tony Breeden’s email of a few hours ago, or did I misunderstand his reply to him?

    • The one he sent yesterday? I uploaded it onto the original post here.

      • ashleyhr

        I did not spot it in the new comments (at the blog about Calvin Smith). I’ll take another look.

        • It’s not in the comments; it’s a link embedded in an update at the beginning of the article.

  • Jordan Peiffer

    I don’t really have any judgments to offer. You’re not exactly polite and you don’t pretend to be, but I’m not sure what’s best here either. Actually I kinda feel sorry for martyr-minded YEC defenders. They’re so locked up in an “us against the world” mindset that they’re super defensive and protective. Not sure they can help it, though. I used to live in a mindset like that myself. How to get through to them, I’m not sure, if it’s even possible. I ended up digging my way out of that pit, with some help of grace, after a lot of stress and hardship. Heck, I’m still not entirely out of it, but that’s from lack of understanding and know-how. In the process of learning, though. And it never ends, does it? I don’t think it does, and I hope not. Challenges bring growth. Bring it on, I say.

    Thanks for the entertaining posts lately, Ty.

  • You can’t take the sky from me… because it’s a huge dome.

    • Take my public schools, take my textbooks…

      • Just think how different that series would have been.

        MAL (Nicolas Cage): FInally, we have the perfect ship. I’ll call her the Serenity.

        WASH (Kirk Cameron): Yep. Too bad we can’t fly it anywhere because we’re encased by a huge dome. Really, my whole profession as space pilot is kind of a joke.

        MAL: Yeah, why did we build spaceships in the first place?

        WASH: I’m not sure. It’s not like there’s any aliens out there, anyway.

        MAL: And even if they were, they’d need the forgiveness of Jesus for Adam’s sin.

        WASH: Very true, or my name isn’t Kirk Cameron. Guess I’ll go back to riding dinosaurs around. Curse their sudden but inevitable betrayal!

        MAL: Ha! Yes. Let’s give up this sinful lifestyle of not flying spaceships and convert, again. You up for that?

        WASH: You know I am!

        *The two walk away at a collegial distance*

        • I would pay to see a version of “Firefly” in which Jayne is portrayed by Kevin Sorbo.

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  • Dylan Cook

    I swear, if a Young-Earther gives me a book about their Bible, I’ll throw it into the nearest garbage dump or in the trash can.