A Brief Overview

It’s been a slightly busy day, and my mind has been filled with many thoughts and distractions, which means I find myself late at night and needing to put up a blog post.

I’ll depart from the usual format and talk about a couple of different things.

1. As far as I am concerned, the Old Earth/Young Earth kerfluffle is over-hyped and vaguely unnecessary. YECs are not necessarily scientific dunderheads, nor are Old Earthers necessarily deniers of things like a literal Adam and a literal fall. There are potential negative consequences to either one, but these are not necessarily automatic results of either position, near as I can tell. One can easily find Genesis 1 to be metaphorical and Genesis 2 literal, and one can easily find macroevolution to be madness and still do decent biological work.

If you want to start hollering “resultant mindsets,” see the third sentence of the preceding paragraph. The other part is, I wouldn’t mind all the hollering so much if there was some actual salvational results that might come out of it. However, fact is, no one goes to heaven ’cause they believe the universe was made 6,000 years ago, nor does anyone go to hell solely because they think things happened considerable before that. And any of the other benefits of holding one position or the other are–illusory, at best.

We have bigger fish to fry than each other: we have Darwinists.

2. Moving on, the Syrian nonsense is still rolling along, as chemical weapons disposal is already two months behind schedule, with approximately 95% of the material still in-country. As anticipated, Assad is being very dilatory, although I am surprised he’s even giving lip service to the deal. On the other hand, given how old some of their chemical weapons are, it’s entirely possible that he’s using this as a garbage disposal service.

Perhaps I’ll be proven wrong, but right now, Syria is looking like a diplomatic Somme. The gains made were not worth the price.

Both of these do have something in common, though: In both areas, people have let the perfect become the enemy of the good. This causes significant problems, and should be avoided whenever possible.

‘Til next time,

Lowell Van Ness


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