Continuing the discussion from Response to Jim Stump’s Resignation from Bethel College | The BioLogos Forum:
Luke 10:27 New International Version (NIV)
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]”
As part of the parable of the Good Samaritan, this verse is very clear that we should do all in our power to help our neighbor. Educators and scientists through their work are doing just that. Isn’t using all of your faculties and making sacrifices to learn and pass on the knowledge you acquire the very definition of doing all you can to help your neighbor? This blog appears to be dedicated to something that as an atheist I have been thinking about for some time, that evolution through natural selection does not have to conflict with biblical canon. Science for that matter does not need to conflict with religious teachings either. Man has been using technology and science for centuries as tools for progress and the betterment of our world, admittedly with some stumbles along the way. Science is, for all intents and purposes, a tool. We till the soil to grow food, we don’t just throw seeds on the ground and have faith that they will germinate and grow. Science looks into nature and reaps knowledge that more often than not supports the magnificence of the almighty. You don’t need faith or belief in what is found through science, the process requires evidence.
Since becoming an atheist, nature to me has become a much more wondrous and special place. If I had it in me to believe in god, I would be even more in awe of his divinity and his power for knowing what I have learned from scientists. Isn’t it amazing that we keep finding how vast our universe is, doesn’t that make you say “wow!” An argument can be made that denying scientific discovery that can be demonstrated with incontrovertible evidence is denying the might of god. All science is doing is figuring out how things work. The unnecessarily confrontational stance of religious leaders is harmful to all humanity. Understanding our world makes it better.
In Genesis, on the sixth day, god grants dominion over earth and all of creation to man, we are responsible for nature. Dominion (rule) requires that we take care of our world, nothing ends well when rulers who neglect and abuse their people and lands as we have neglected and abused the world we’ve been tasked to rule by divine law.
Please reconsider your stance and allow this man of clear integrity and dedication to return to your esteemed school.