Comment on Panda’s Thumb: ‘SDAs are split over evolution’ by Oink.
“…small, but quite vocal group…” Alas, a little hypobole there. In the upscale-inner circles, SDA big-center circles, circles impinging upon circles like the Audi logo, that I’ve known personally over the past couple of decades, and I’m not making this up, poster-scoffers notwithstanding, it’s the majority. The majority. In private over a glass of chardonnay, in seminars, when teaching Sabbath Schools In contrast to video interviews and university catalogs, reticence and timidity is abandoned, no bones about it. (By the way, is it illegal, a violation of creative rights, as some herein have asserted, to report what happens behind such congenial but closed doors?) But vocal they are; they are vocal. As quite probably in the very next posting, vida infra.
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Our dear professor Kent, A question to you, sir, if we may.
But first, what is not in question: that a 6-day creation is true and SDA institutions should still teach it, but there is not a shred of scientific evidence for it. It is to be defended on faith alone. On that you could not make your position clearer.
So should creation be taught only in our Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Ethics, and not in our Biology Departments?
(Apologies, apologies for plagiarizing you word for word, plus a little artful rewording, also in homage . Do keep it coming.)
“would YOU walk away too…like Dr. Pitman?” (to flesh out your question.) Your catch-question of the day?
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Informative and stimulating, but proceeding into more confusion. A veteran of Moderna vaccinations, I trust, hope, they are effective, at least until otherwise. The whole business, being part of End Times, is in the hands of God, not humans expert and as degreed as they may be.
Brilliant and Beautiful, but Wrong
Brilliant, beautiful, and so right! Speaking of your presentation at LLU recently. Great to see you and your family (especially my namesake, Wes. God bless! WK
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Hats off yet again to Sean for pursuing this topic as a scientist should, no nonsense, and in it’s proper setting — as a revival of one of the ancient ideas recently upgraded as a desperate alternative to the increasingly compelling intelligent design data. I had occasion to review panspermia a few years ago and as is my wont I found it more amusing than scientific. If you would like what was intended to be a satirical response to panspermia and other related curiosities you could check out: http://www.iessaythere.com/black-hole-humor.html
Meantime, Sean’s article is of far more cogent worth.
The Sabbath and the Covenants (Old vs. New)
As he has done on this site many times, Sean in his line-by-line-item response to C. White (not EG or EB) has, to my mind, clearly enunciated the issue and resolution.
When all the hermeneutics, quoting, and arguing and inordinately judgmental riposte are over, it comes down, as I understand it, to two things: 1) Whether the 7th day Sabbath (whether enunciated in the famous 10 commandments or otherwise) is still valid, and 2) Does the grace obtained by the vicarious sacrifice by the shedding of Christ’s blood or other divine process too deep for us to understand in this life, cover every sin automatically and without ado, altogether passively on our part, or is it only on condition that we first totally and deeply accept it? Other details always hassled forever are distractions.
I accept that I must accept it, wholly, actively, even with agony, with my whole being.