Thursday, April 12, 2007

A Young Earth Creationist for Fun

It's is interesting how different media outlets report a story. Here is the same story, reported by the secular and Catholic presses respectively: Pope says evolution can't be proven and Benedict backs "theistic evolution". Here's the crux of the story, from the latter article:
    Pope Benedict refused to endorse "intelligent design" theories, instead backing "theistic evolution" which considers that God created life through evolution with no clash between religion and science.
Some might call me a coward, but this is just a debate for which I have very little time or interest. My approach is similar to an author whom I am now reading and who is described in this introduction, The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams Chapter XV. Darwinism (1867-1868):

    Out of his millions of millions of ancestors, back to the Cambrian mollusks, every one had probably lived and died in the illusion of Truths which did not amuse him, and which had never changed. Henry Adams was the first in an infinite series to discover and admit to himself that he really did not care whether truth was, or was not, true. He did not even care that it should be proved true, unless the process were new and amusing. He was a Darwinian for fun.
Where I diverge from the "conservative Christian anarchist" described above is that I embrace Young Earth Creationism, but like Adams, I do so "for fun." I find the idea that the earth is six to ten thousand years old "new and amusing" because it is old, but still amusing. Geocentrism is also fun and amusing, and it may be next on my list of things to embrace. And I haven't yet come across a scientist as fun and amusing as Immanuel Velikovsky.

I tried this line of argumentation out on an atheist blogger with whom I once dialogued. One of the dryest and most humorless characters I've ever come across, he was not amused.

I once had a friend from Upstate New York, a lapsed Catholic philosophy major whose I.Q. I'd place at around 170. He was a creationist "just to be an @ssh*le" and a pro-lifer "just to p!ss off feminists." My temperament is quite different from his, but I have some respect for his approach. Still, I like that of Adams better.

My non-believing sister-in-law once asked if going to church was fun. I was at a loss for words. But now that I think of it, what could be more fun? And what religion could be more fun or amusing than The Catholic Faith?

Coming from a different angle, the great Russian would understand this, I believe, as evidenced by this passage quoted by David Allen White in Dostoevsky and the Mystery of Russia:
    I will tell you that I am a child of the century, a child of disbelief and doubt. I will remain so until the grave. How much terrible torture this thirst for faith has cost me and costs me even now which is all the stronger in my soul the more arguments I can find against it. And yet God sends me sometimes instants when I am completely calm. At those instants I love and feel loved by others and it is at those instants that I have shaped for myself a Credo where everything is clear and sacred to me. This credo is very simple. Here it is: To believe that nothing is more beautiful, profound, sympathetic, reasonable, manly, and perfect than Christ. And I tell myself with a jealous love that not only is there nothing more but there can be nothing more. Even more, if someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth.

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