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The Wand-Waving God
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:45:48 am »
There has been zero penetration of science into Christian discussions of the supposed resurrection or any other miracles of God, such as creation of the Earth or of the species. The conclusion of an objective bystander would be that there is no deep concern or belief in these issues, and certainly a lack of integration in the minds purporting to think about both science and religion. It turns out the religious thinkers are still cast almost entirely in the pre-science modes. They’re relying on scripture for their ideas, but disallowing any modern revelations, demanding prophets remain in the dead past where they can’t object to misinterpretations! The result of this lack of responsiveness to changing knowledge about the physical plane, particularly in its minute (microscopic, molecular) aspects, is that Christians are basically defending a wand-waving God. “How did God do these things?” they are asked. They respond, “It’s magic to us, we sit back and God does it all.” The atheists have been slow to pounce on this lack of specifics in religious thinking, likely because their minds aren’t doing any better, unable to see beyond the ancient texts.

If God can do real things, minds that care should be wondering how He really does them. It’s important too, to remember defending a God who can do anything He wishes, one might miss the Living God, constrained by the basic elements available for the creation. Flattery will get you nowhere. Christians call God all-powerful, but never jump from high places expecting to be caught (though this idea came insidiously into scripture, as the supposed devil was supposedly tempting the Lord). From my perspective, the greater danger is in ignoring the fossil and geological record, which tell us it took God five billion years to bring the planet to its present state, not one week as the poetic usage from Genesis suggests. In the old days this speaking of brevity was a way to convey God’s power, where today by science we should be able to see the planets and biosphere denote great but also real power. Then, treating the planet as “disposable” to human purposes, running through the resources in a generation that might’ve lasted a million years in a sustainable era, is akin to leaping from a high place and expecting God to catch you. Christians can face short-term dangers, but not long-term ones, with a wand-waving God.