I know I have some unusual Christian beliefs.
I also believe that C.S. Lewis — probably the most beloved and well-regarded Christian apologist, writer, academic and lay theologian of the past century — had a more reliable view of Genesis than noted fear-mongerer and propagandist Ken Ham.
Crazy, I know. So, understandably, I get my fair share of hate mail. But I also get a lot of supportive messages, from people who have been touched by the stories on this site, and just by knowing that they’re not alone in their conviction that there must be some way to reconcile the truth of God’s word with the truth of God’s work in creation — without simply ignoring one or the other.
These messages — which, for the record, I do receive more regularly than the other kind — make it all worth it. I got one just last night that I wanted to share.
I wonder how many of you have been through this same thing? Have felt like you have to choose between being true to your faith or using your brain? Between trusting your heart or opening your eyes? I know I’ve been there.
But that’s why sites like GOE and the Clergy Letter Project and the Facebook group CCNS are so important, not because we’re such brilliant, witty, charming gents (though we are), but because of the community they represent.
There is power in our numbers, and there is power in the truth we claim, that honest science does not equate with atheism, and that an honest reading of the Bible does not point to a small, shallow and ultimately false view of creation. We say God is much, much bigger than the box folks like Ken Ham would try and shove him into. There is power in that, and there is hope, too, hope for people like our letter writer above.
Let’s share that good news today, and pray it brings those around us closer to the best news, the news about Jesus, which is all that really matters in the end, anyway.