20 November 2012

On The Question Of The Age Of The Earth

Marc Ambinder suggests how politicians -- particularly Marco Rubio -- should answer the question of the age of the earth (and by default, the science versus religion debate):

"Look, it's billions of years old. And I'm a Christian, and the Bible describes its creation in beautiful detail, using metaphors. I think the Bible is true. I can believe in two things at once, and I don't care if you think it's silly. One is true on its face, and that's what the scientific method has taught us about the age of the earth. I have no choice but to believe that."

"The other is true because of my faith. I choose to believe in what the Bible tells me about our origins. Science tells us what happened, and for me, Genesis explains why it did. I don't need to reconcile anything or fall into the trap of thinking that my religion and faith are at odds with each other, really. All of us Christians are on a life-long quest to understand and appreciate the wonder of creation."

"For too long, Christian conservatives have been defensive about our beliefs, and some of us have taken that to the extreme, in that we deny the very principles of empiricism that allow us to appreciate the influence of the Scripture. Creationism, or whatever you want to call it, belongs in religion class, and our pastors and theologians can use those tales to teach us important and enduring moral lessons. When it comes to public policy and science, we'll go with what science tells us. And we can also learn a lot about ourselves too."

"Go bother someone else with that question."
Simply put: brilliant.

Ambinder hits all of the points needed to satisfy me. If a politician is a religious person, I'm fine with that. But, when you completely cut science out of the equation, I have doubts about your ability to lead.

That said, I am fine with someone who is rational about their relifious beliefs, but can also understand what science can prove. I feel that these two things can co-exist.

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