My Statement of Faith
Something funny happened on my way to a degree in Theology.Actually, it wasn't very funny. But you can read all about it in my novel Cross On Me. Perhaps someday I will return to Gordon Conwell, Harvard or even Leiden University to finish what I started. But perhaps I will continue to 'practice theology without a licence'. Or in the words of Good Will Hunting, "Why would I drop a hundred and fifty grand on an education that I could have gotten for fifty cents in late charges from my local library?" After all, whether the glass is half empty or half full depends entirely on whether the glass is being emptied or filled.
As an apologist I started out wanting to defend the Christian faith amidst the science oriented crowd, but as the years progress I find myself most often defending science to Christians.
In doing so I invariably refer to one of my favorite lines in Scripture:
We should be exited about science, no matter what it discovers, because it can only discover what the Creator made and it can only tell us more about God. Even when there are apparent disparities between scientific and revelatory models, a closer look at the Bible may reveal astounding information; things that God wanted us to know but which had been clouded by our convictions.
It's alright to have been in error in interpreting Scriptures. But it is not alright to keep hanging on to flawed models, just because a golden calf looks better than an indistinct novelty. Paul was able to break the gospel of Jesus Christ to the gentiles because they were open to new things, and valued truth over tradition.
It's been my observation that people believe the weirdest things, especially about science and - even sadder - the Bible. I hope that my articles will be able to contribute to the great discussion of who we are and what we're here for.
Statement of Faith