Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Catholics Debating Evolution and ID

The title link opens a story about Pope Benedict engaging in a casual conversation with some of his former students on the topic of evolution theory.

The article typical bashes Protestant Fundamentalists who support that silly truth called creationism - that the Bible accurately depicts a young-earth creation. But I find it interesting that the Catholics are discussing this. Raised in the Catholic church and school system, I was indoctrinated with evolution, never taught the Biblical view even as myth, and, since it was not popular during my school days, never shown anything to do with Intelligent Design. Catholicism has largely embraced evolution theory in the past, and the Pope's calling ID to attention may be a small step in the right direction. In other words, at least the leader of a large group of people claiming to worship their Creator (Catholics) is actually trying to persuade that large group of people that there is a Creator.

Nevertheless, this effort, like that of the SBC in hiring ID expert William Dembski, falls far short of "zeal with knowledge." It is a shame that the vast majority of Christians (self-proclaimed and/or the real thing) just yield to the popular thought of the day - rather than holding fast to the strong and true Word of God.

We have years because the earth goes around the sun.
We have months based on the lunar cycles.
We have days because the moon goes around the earth.
We hours hours based on light and the lunar cycle.
We have minutes and seconds for the same reason.

But why, pray tell, do we have weeks? Weeks have absolutely nothing to do with anything astonomical. Weeks are Biblical, and that alone. Here are 10 passages from the Bible that give reason for our week.

Exodus 20:8-11 says:

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you
shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD
your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or
daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien
within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the
sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the
LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

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