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Apologia 25, And Probably Final
April 30, 2012, 8:33 pm
Filed under: Apologioi

Fair enough. I was upset, but mostly that it was you saying it. I’ve been called worse. We’re all good now.

Well, the universe is big enough for both of us to poke around in and not run out of fascinations. I will enjoy probably different corners of it than you, but let’s not forget to share our discoveries with each other. I appreciate your perspective: it helps me to understand humanity a little better, and my own faults a little better as well.

One piece of evidence: The Bible talks about a quickly-created world in which things came into being mature. Adam was brought forth not as a zygote, but as a human man, ready to speak and impose order, ready to long for and love a wife, and ready to reproduce in a fairly short turn of events. From our experience, all mature trees have rings, so it’s not unreasonable to suppose that He would create the tree of life with rings. Had Adam cut it down, would he have found rings? Certainly: it had borne fruit already, too, suggesting sexual maturity. A God such as the Bible posits could create a fully-mature, lawful, dangerous, beautiful, unfathomable, largely-inhospitable-to-human-life universe, in six twenty-four hour stages, or shorter, or longer, as He saw fit, and it would be well within His prerogative. If the Bible speaks of a mature creation, the Christian is within his metaphysical right to believe that God could do so.

May God see fit to use unexpected providences to prove His great love to you. (That’s 18th century High Christianese for “I will pray as you said.”)

Speaking of common ground, here is an article by Peter Hitchens (brother of the other Hitchens) that says some things about brothers disagreeing agreeably.

chris

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