…was actually very nice, and it included a nice bit of humor that made me smile.
But beyond that, the reason I wanted to share it with you is because the author, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to an issue that is not discussed often or openly enough: the subconscious — or often, outright — hostility the evangelical majority exhibits toward those in its midst who accept evolution — especially scientists.
I hope you get a lot of email so I’ll intentionally keep this brief. Both my wife and I are scientists and you’re wrong on all accounts. Feel ashamed. Jerk.
And your mom’s fat.
I don’t mean that, but you’ve got a fantastic a sense of humor that I can easily relate to and even though my usual bedtime was hours ago, I couldn’t help but keep reading your website. Any man who professes to love God, accept science and drop yo momma jokes is OK in my book.
I hate hate hate hate talking with mainstream Christians about facts and science; the better half, who has a Ph.D. in “the devil’s work” (also known as “genetics”), flat-out refuses to attend small group or discussion-based church events that have the possibility of touching on science, simply because people look at her as someone who should be able to defend God from those mean-spirited evolutionists. It’s heart-breaking and frustrating and, at times, unbearable.
Corporate church is good for hearing God’s word, but finding Christians living near you who aren’t afraid to worship God for what he is rather than what they want him to be is impossible these days. It’s like all learning of God’s nature stops in grades 1-5 Sunday school. Christian adults should want to grow more familiar with God and marvel at his creation. Others look at Christians as if we represent our faith — you want to build your brothers and sisters for their benefit and everyone’s around them but again…heartbreaking.
Anyway, I’m preaching to the choir so I’ll stop. Thanks for the website. It made my day and I’ll continue reading it. Knowing there are other Christians out there who won’t put God in a box and throw on a MasterLock (pun) is heartwarming to say the least. Carry on, brother.
I can’t stress enough that this couple’s experience, and the ones noted above, are not isolated incidents. In fact, this bubbling, just-under-the-surface animosity was highlighted by the Barna Group as one of the main reasons young people today are leaving the church. Fighting the false choice between science and scripture is one of the primary motivations for this blog, and it’s a battle with significant and far-reaching consequences, in which we should all be involved. So, please share your own story with us, and help us change the church for the better.