If one is a young-earth creationist it is easy to imagine from the title, without knowing much else, that the beliefs which come out of that worldview might not marry well with Darwin’s brand of evolutionary science with his theories on the origin of species and traits – marrying the two would result in a paradox being born, leading to an assumption that the world and the human existence therein is a violently spinning phenomenon.
Previous to the 16th Century it seems people of various cultures mostly made the prejudice assumption they were superior to others based on cultural differences – colour did not equal culture and culture was not defined by colour. It was not until Darwin’s evolutionary theory became popular that biological racism and colour inferiority received its powerful prejudice momentum. In Professor Stephen Gould’s book Ontogeny and Phylogeny he makes the point that “biological arguments for racism may have been commonplace before 1859, but they increased by orders of magnitude following the acceptance of the evolutionary theory” (Gould, 1977, 127). The evolutionary theory being 1) the controversial claim that people evolved from apes over millions of years and 2) the well-accepted claim that humans are able to adapt in different environments all over the world thanks to evolution. Darwin was equal to evolution but the effect of Darwin could not be safely contained to those two claims (and that is why I explored the book The Darwin Effect by Jerry Bergman which I refer to in this piece).
GOD AS HOST IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Do you remember reading about the Israelites going into the Wilderness of Sin? Their stomachs and spirits complained because of hunger, it had been two months since they departed from Egypt’s slavery where they had their daily fill of meat and bread (Exodus 16:3), and where they multiplied and grew exceedingly great (Exodus 1:7). The wilderness journey out of Egypt was necessary for those Israelites, even as they grew, because there was a prideful and insecure king who had set himself over Egypt, one who did not know the provision, comfort, and kindness of Joseph (Genesis 50:21; Exodus 1:8).Read More »
I would like to argue that our modern Westernized concept of hospitality is severely limited. How often do we only associate hospitality with room service, decor, cleanliness, the appearance of a meal, polite friends and family who frequent our tables and living rooms? We think hospitality is only best served to people we already know, or to those who we think share our same ideas on issues such as politics and religion. It is interesting to note, that those isolated ideas of hospitality starkly contrast the way in which the New Testament approaches the subject. Hospitality in the New Testament has a much richer tapestry as it emphasizes the sharing of one’s resources and time to society’s fringe.Read More »
If we are not finding peace and hope from the consolations of God then where does our peace and hope come from? Is our peace and hope lasting? Is it patient, is it joyful? As we read through Romans 15 each of us come away with our own personal thoughts and questions toward Paul’s letter to the Romans and his missionary journey. Upon reading and then re-reading this chapter, several times, I decided to settle on three points of reflection that touches on the nature of God the Father as seen through Jesus Christ, the one in whom our patient and joyful hope is found.Read More »