Ken Ham, The Christian Post, and Being Wrong

I'm wrong a lot. Even more troubling is that I'm almost always unaware of it. One of the best things about the Internet is the way that an audience helps me know when I've missed the mark.

I told Pete Holmes that the Earth orbits the earth at 105,000 miles per hour, when it's 108,000 kilometers per hour. The mistake horrified me, and I issued a tweet to correct the misinformation.

In regards to radiometric dating, I said that Carbon 14 decays into Carbon 12. It sounded funny when I said it, after all why would radioactive decay entail jettisoning just two neutrons? But, it's what I thought the source I was referencing said, and I try to defer to actual experts in such matters. Luckily, an astute listener of The Liturgists Podcast caught it.

A part of the ongoing controversy around my friend Michael Gungor, Ken Ham says I made a mistake about his beliefs on salvation. He says I'm making a false claim, and cites one of his own articles as evidence.

If I can misread an article on physics, I'm positive I can misread Ken Ham's work too.

Mr Ham: I'm sorry.

Because the Internet is a machine of infinite sarcasm and irony, let me make this clear: that's a genuine apology. It's never my intention to misrepresent anyone's position.

The opening of Episode 2 served to set the stage for a discussion about Genesis and Evolution. Like Mr Ham, I'm  concerned that The Theory of Evolution is one of the primary statistical drivers for young people to leave Christian faith behind. Mr. Ham rejects the Theory of Evolution, and I accept it. That's a notable difference, but we're both concerned about the same trend.

I stand corrected. Neither of us believe that evolution or Biblical creationism are matters of salvation. That's encouraging to me.

Meanwhile, The Christian Post pointed out that I said Christ's knowledge of reality is less complete than God's. That whole line of thinking was in reference to Matthew 24:36. Jesus was speaking on the end times, and then he told his disciples that only God knows the day and hour of the events he was talking about. Like the speed of the earth and radioactive decay, I could be misreading that verse.

I'm not a theologian. I'm not a scholar. I'm a nerd who reads a lot. I'm a former atheist on a journey, and I'm following after Jesus to the best of my ability. I have not arrived, and I don't have everything figured out. I'm not a pastor, and I have no credentials of any kind.

I'm a blogger. A blogger who is wrong about many things. I share my story to encourage other people who are as confused about God, the Bible, and Jesus as I often am. I'm a voice offering solidarity, and my opinion.

I didn't know how to respond when I read the posts by Answers In Genesis and the Christian Post. I started by writing a post that refuted their refutations, but what good does that do? All it does is galvanize people against each other.

I don't know Ken Ham, and I don't know the author of the piece in Christianity Today. We are strangers on the Internet, lobbing words back and forth over a fence made of fiber optic cabling and cell towers. I'm not interested in controversy. I'm not interested in a fight. I'm interested in a world made whole.

I believe that Ken Ham is interested in the same thing, even though I don't know him. The same is likely true of the folks at The Christianity Post.

I'm not going to refute what these folks have said about me. Instead, I'd like to offer genuine community. Let's talk, on the phone, or face to face. I'd like to know how we can best work together for the cause of Christ. There has to be a better way to do this than what we've done so far.

Hit me up on Twitter. We'll exchange digits.

Grace and Peace,
Science Mike

Pirate Monk Radio - Certainty

I had the pleasure of going on Pirate Monk Radio to talk about humanity's need for certainty. We talked about why people are upset when their beliefs and assumptions are questioned in the context of faith and human brains.

I had an absolute blast in this interview--they asked me a completely different set of questions than I normally get. Check it out if you'd like to hear more about why people will accept bad information as long as it offers certainty.

Fascinating Feature on Former Fundamentalists' Fears

This is a fantastic piece for anyone who's recovering from spiritual abuse from a fundamentalist tradition. If you've been hurt by church, this is a good read.

On the other hand, there are healthy fundamentalist communities, and healthy fundamentalist people. It concerns me that the author paints all fundamentalists with the same brush--I have too many wonderful friends who are fundamentalists to dismiss the entire movement.

This antipathy between followers of Christ continues to grieve me.

Matthew Paul Turner - 5 Lingering Effects of Fundamentalism

Student to Professor: Evolution is "Just a Theory"

We've all heard stories where a Christian student challenges their professor by saying evolution is "just a theory." These accounts are modern mythology--or urban myths. Real life can be affected by such mythology, as seen below. In this video, a creationist really does challenge her anthropology professor. 

Unlike the myth, the response from her professor is resolute and convincing. If we tell people they must reject science to know God, we're going to turn away an entire generation.

A creationist student says evolution is "just a theory" in a question to Dr. Tim White.

The Liturgists Talk About the Bible

One of the most common questions I get from readers is, "How can we relate to the Bible today?" That will be a topic for a future post in my doubt series. In the meantime, we cover how people approach the Bible in episode 3 of The Liturgists Podcast. Dr. Peter Enns joined us for this discussion (he's the author of one of the books on my reading list).

If you get caught up on the literal vs metaphorical vs mythical ways people interpret the Bible, this episode is for you. It's in the Top 15 on iTunes Religion & Spirituality chart!