"With the best of intentions, the generation before mine worked diligently to prepare their children to make an intelligent case for Christianity. We were constantly reminded of the superiority of our own worldview and the shortcomings of all the others. We learned that as Christians, we alone had access to absolute truth and could win any argument. The appropriate Bible verses were picked out for us, the opposing positions summarized for us, and the best responses articulated for us, so that we wouldn't have to struggle through two thousand years of theological deliberations and debates but could get right to the bottom line on the important stuff: the deity of Christ, the nature of the Trinity, the role and interpretation of Scripture, and the fundamentals of Christianity. As a result, many of us entered the world with both an unparalleled level of conviction and a crippling lack of curiosity. So ready with the answers, we didn't know what the questions were anymore. So prepared to defend the faith, we missed the thrill of discovering for ourselves. So convinced we had God right, it never occurred to us that we might be wrong. In short, we never learned to doubt."
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
A friend of mine and fellow board member is reading a book right now entitle "Evolving in Monkey Town." He sent me this summary/excerpt from the book this morning and it really, really, struck me as profound. I WILL be reading this book, but wanted to share just this section with you. It's too good to sit on.