Bags of Bran


In the spring of 2012 I engaged my brother in a critical discussion of one another’s worldviews through an e-mail exchange. He is a committed, invested naturalist; I am a committed, invested Christian theist of the rankest stripe. We went back and forth as graciously as we knew how, and the subtle reader will recognize the limitations of the medium souring the discussion along the way. Those limitations cause problems, my friend, and are worthy of your consideration both as you read and as you seek to communicate what you believe to other people.

You may find that he or I will frustrate you. He and I frustrate me, for example. If you would like to clarify anything, or if you feel something could be said better than we said it, feel free to comment. I know I have a lot to learn. If you submit anything vile, it will never see the light of day; but if you disagree civilly, I (or, possibly, he) will likely interact. I am perhaps more willing to beat dead horses than he.

Below are links to the original posts, in chronological order.

You will no doubt notice that some of the posts are lengthy or poorly-formatted. This was unintentional, but I think it was providential, and left it unaddressed: consider it a “wuss filter.” Pretty much the opposite of the obtrusive and garish presentation of “Collision.”

Yes, this is pretty much the opposite of “Collision” in every sense. (Format problems, but information is intact)

If you manage to read through this entire discussion (and by “you” I do not mean “y’all”), you’ve witnessed the clunking and bashing of two admitted amateurs trying to be civil with one another.

Go and do likewise.


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