September 19, 2003

Have you ever noticed...

...that when your alarm goes off and you make the decision to skip class based on the fact that it's the most boring class ever, you become instantly awake, and realize you might as well go to class then. The act of making a decision immediately after waking is equal to injecting coffee grounds into one's body, I tell you.

The class I'm in is Religion 101. You'd think I would like it, since I'm a Religion major and all about theology, but it's horribly simple (then again, I was raised in Christian schools, so maybe I've gotten more theology than most) and boring. I hate it that so many preachers and theology professors teach so boringly and without-passionly. This prof isn't bad, but the material is just so elementary.

He's going on about the Great Creation Debate now. Yawn. Is it just me, or are people getting way too worked up about this? My position: If God can make Creation from nothing, He's certainly powerful enough to bury a couple bones in the earth or back-date some rocks. So that makes me a disinterested young-earther, I suppose. I don't understand why some non-Christians get worked up about schools saying that some people believe God made everything and some say everything came about by chance. I don't understand why some Christians are so offended by the fact that some people, following their unbelief in God, refuse to admit that He didn't create the World in 7 days. I don't understand why some liberal Christians insist on "theistic evolution" -- they're just taking on the problems of both sides, and making everyone hate them.

Well, I'd better get back to taking notes: since everyone thinks this is so important, it'll probably be on the final. But really, did we need to spend 15 minutes on the Church's condemnation of Copernicus' heliocentric model?

Posted by Tim at September 19, 2003 08:01 AM

PHL 121. Winter 2004. No dull. No sullen.

Posted by: Gideon Strauss at September 20, 2003 10:39 PM

You know, there are good reasons for why we condemn a literal interpretation of the Bible, and in particular Genesis.'ll learn.

Posted by: rich at September 21, 2003 07:52 PM

Well, what do you mean by literal? If you construe "literalism" to mean a wooden-ness, a projection of contemporary Western concepts of factualism onto what is a collection of books from ancient Israel, then I'm not a literalist. But if you mean do I believe that the Bible is literally the word of God and all that theological stuff -- if I believe it is our normative guide for life and faith (whatever normative means, I've never been clear on that issue) then I'd probably say yes.

Posted by: Tim the Michigander at September 22, 2003 12:50 AM
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