Friday, August 15, 2008
McCain and Obama to meet with Rick Warren:
Don't forget this
: (April 2007)
WARREN: If you're asking me do I believe in evolution, the answer is no, I don't. I believe that God, at a moment, created man. I do believe Genesis is literal, but I do also know metaphorical terms are used. Did God come down and blow in man's nose? If you believe in God, you don't have a problem accepting miracles. So if God wants to do it that way, it's fine with me.
A more interesting question would be what he thinks about others who believe in evolution based on empirical evidence and what he thinks of scientists who have researched the issue, studied genetics and mapped DNA.
What gets me is that there is no version of the Bible to take literally. There are many translations as well as non-canonical works. Who is to say which version is authoritative enough to take literally?
Supporters say that even if there are flaws, the Bible is divinely inspired. To that, I say everything in Creation is divinely inspired, so what is all the fuss about?
The Bible is just ink on paper. And just as Christianity tells us that our spirit is more important than the flesh, I say the ideas behind the printed word are important. The obligation to take the Bible "literally" without introspection smacks of idolatry to me.
On top of everything, I doubt the most ardent worshipper has actually even read the Bible, because the account of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount clearly denounces what many vocal fundamentalists do, which is politicize Christianity (in my interpretation).
That account is buried in Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, about 20 pages in, depending on your printing.