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Congrats on the radio interview and thanks for speaking out for rationality.

As you point out, dogma is dogma, regardless of content, and equally destructive of intelligent discussion, whether it's scientific narrow-mindedness, or religious fanaticism. As a fundamentalist of some stripe, I've always thought that the actual "how" of creation wasn't really relevant to believing in the act of creation. It's nice to know about the mechanisms, but not essential to believing they were set in motion, or however one wishes to phrase it. The Big Bang seems like as handy a method to produce a universe as any other, and evolution as handy a way to populate it as the modeling clay method, and somehow more logical.

One way the two approaches can coexist is to first acknowledge that a creator might be infinitely smarter than its creation, as well as have a much longer view. We tend to anthropomorphize so much that it's hard to imagine any intelligence so radically far ahead of our own. But it's a big universe out there, and most of what we're looking at is so old that it might not even exist any more, so we're seeing a lot of old news, so to speak. There's always something new cropping up. We've got some very small puzzle pieces here, and a really big picture. There's room for a lot of ideas in it. Let's just all play nice about it and don't try to cram the pieces in where they don't fit.

Hey Grrl! I heard the show and thought you sounded brilliant! My only suggestion is to refrain from saying 'obviously' too often, especially when what follows isn't. Other than that - brava!!! Congratulations on your success! I even have a student doing an extra credit report on you!

lovon, lynda

I still learning too. Specially these last two years. I've been reading a lot about history. Because some friends of mine I was been going from Church to Church. "Do you wanna go to my Church :D " asked my friend, and I answered: "why not?". And because of that(reading a lot of history and going from church to church), for 11 months I was obsessed against the religion. I still thinking religion isn't for our society but actually I came back to tolerate almost all ways of thinking and faith like I did before. I believe that creationism shouldn't be teach at schools but people should tolerate every(almost) way of thinking. It's difficult to talk about this issue. My comment finish here.

In the comment above I made a mistake: I still thinking religion isn't good for our society. I forgot to write "good".

Jennifer,

I stumbled across this blog, and I have a question for you. Do you believe that if God reveals Himself to us, that Faith and Reason can work together without contradiction?

Leo

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