I’ve always wanted to use the word “kerfuffle” in my blog. It’s such a great word. Don’t you love it? And there certainly was a kerfuffle around here on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s the relevant post. The short story is that I wrote a post describing my journey from Young-Earth Creationism to Evolutionary Creationism (or Theistic Evolutionism) that was noticed by a certain Young-Earth Creationist who then blogged about it. Unfortunately, he used my blog post as a “cautionary” tale to other Christians to stay committed to his interpretation of origins. Here are some random thoughts about the whole kerfuffle (see, I used the word again!).
1. I knew that people kept an eye out for others blogging about them since an author had previously commented to thank me about mentioning his book positively. However, I had not considered the reaction by people whom I criticized in my blog. I have no regrets about the criticism because it is warranted, but I did not expect to be called out on a popular YEC website.
2. I was pleased that the commenters were respectful, but I wasn’t happy to find that the tone of a few commenters bordered on arrogant. (If you are wondering if you were one of the borderline-arrogant ones, you probably weren’t.)
3. I strongly disagree with those who would suggest that my interpreting the first part of Genesis non-literally means that I am “compromising” my faith or that I don’t take seriously the authority of Scripture.
4. I very adamantly believe that my faith is secure and that my witness is stronger for honestly wrestling with the origins question. I did not “cave in” to secular belief because of science. I went back to the Bible and prayerfully considered what God wants us to learn from Genesis. I will stand by my conclusions until presented with evidence that convinces me otherwise.
I plan to post again on this topic sometime in the next month or so. My next post will be on the interpretation of Genesis. I hope it will be interesting and get others to read new sources and consider different ideas.