@T_aquaticus I certainly am not inclined to 'level any criticism’ on your reasons for becoming an ex-Christian. If you have followed many of my posts, you realize that I do not hew to Orthodox Christianity. As I matured, I found that quite a bit of Catholic dogma was not intellectually appealing, although it served as a useful guide for the early stages of moral development. But it did not take a psychiatrist to tell me that the intellectual component was not all there was the the person I saw as Al Leo. I respond to ritual and symbolism, and, to an extent, respect Magisterium. To disown my Catholic heritage just because I could not fully embrace the literal truth of Mary’s bodily ascension into Heaven (for example) would be “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”.
I felt I owed it to myself to read about various beliefs and dogmas–both those favorable and unfavorable to Christianity. From Teilhard de Chardin I learned how evolution was compatible with Christianity and the history of the universe could be best understood if viewed in three phases: the Cosmosphere, the Biosphere, and the Noosphere. From him and fro Mathew Fox, I learned that the idea of Original Blessing was much more attractive–more intellectually satisfying–than Original Sin. From Richard Dawkins I realized that there was a great deal of Truth in the concept of the Selfish Gene, AND that modern humans CANNOT be merely the product of neo-Darwinian evolution (‘The Ancestors Tale’).
So I greatly appreciate the splendid work of the BioLogos team keeping this Forum operational, allowing me to spout out ideas that conflict somewhat with their core, evangelical beliefs. If God is happy with the enormous variety of beetles he created, he certainly won’t mind if we humans don’t behave as clones.