Friday night I had a couple, good friends of mine, over for dinner. The discussion came around to BioLogos, which I mentioned in passing as one of the new websites I had rejoined. This opened the gates. They are dear Christians. The wife is a dear soul, and raised and taught her children to believe in YEC. She is involved in home-schooling (though did not teach her kids).
I was very careful to NOT cast aspersions onto her believes. I kept saying over and over, “some people believe”, and tried to emphasize how what we believe depends upon the people who are writing the materials we read.
The point is, that they both are so indoctrinated that science is so corrupted, that there is no good thing to come out of it. It really surprised them that I was adamant that the scientists in evolution are divided between a number of philosophical camps, of which Neo-Atheists are the most vocal. Likewise I explained that YEC is the most vocal and productive in anti-science material. It cause some frowns hen I said that.
The husband gave me a challenge: Find seven good solid reasons evolution works. I likewise gave him a couple of summaries of the Creation other than material creation story, and asked him to think and pray over it.
At the end, we left the table feeling good about our discussion, and hugged each other as they left.
It was not easy, and I feel very uncomfortable because I don not want to be responsible for injuring a person’s honestly held faith, even if it is faulty in my view.
I will be posting the challenge in a new topic when I’ve got a grasp on how to state it properly.
here is a picture of the how we left the table. Note the Bible in the center
The books underneath are Walton’s.