(This is the second guest post by DTE. The first is here.)
Credit Where It’s Due
Credit where it’s due. YACs understand better than most Christians that a literal creation and Noah are fundamentally essential to Christianity. Now, while I cannot respect their intellect in believing those things-much less the defenses they trot out to defend those things-I do respect their consistency, to a point. Let me explain.
A significant distinction between Christianity and science is that Christianity claims to have final truth. Science, on the other hand, claims to have an incomplete, but increasingly comprehensive, understanding of reality. That distinction leads to a second: When science can’t answer a question, it will investigate further. When Christianity can’t answer the same question, it will claim a fairy tale to be “the final truth.”
A third and related distinction is that it’s easier (much easier) to get a scientist to amend his view of reality than it is a Christian. Even so, over time and generations, Christians reject mythical God belief for knowledge. Consider that as science answers questions for which religion has always provided mythological answers– Copernican theory, evolution, mental disorder– the religious, sometimes slowly, but always surely, come along.
Even now, as we see Christians commenting on this very blog, arguing against science, promulgating a young-earth and a world-wide flood, the official positions of Christian denominations are being altered to allow for knowledge. The YAC is an endangered species of the Christian genus and, ironically, they will one day be fossils.
There will be a time that its as uncommon to find a Christian that believes Creationism in the face of evolutionary science as it is to find one now that holds to a geo-centric universe in the face of Copernican science, or in demon possession in the face of medical science.
In fact, even the resurrection itself is being modified currently in Christian seminaries to accommodate knowledge. Why? Because Christians and scientists agree: Science proves correct in the long run.
As I said at the beginning, credit where it’s due: The YACs understand far better than their less literal brethren in Christ that without a literal creation and a literal Noah story, there is no ground to believe the resurrection. Still, the YACs are far more likely to seek medical science than cast out a demon
It’s a matter of time: YACs, maybe not these YACs, but YACs in general will go the way of the geo-centrist Christian or the demon expelling Christian. Eventually, science, as it always has, will find the answers that make even a semi-rational person’s clinging to mythology all but impossible.
Atheists and Christians agree: Over time, knowledge displaces primitive mythology. Only Christians that reject Copernican theory but not demon-possessions need comment.