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'Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons.' -- Vizzini from "The Princess Bride"

Friday, March 24, 2006

Why Creationism Really Matters: Part III

One of my usual blogging stops is Jason Rosenhouse at EvolutionBlog. Today he digs up this piece which nicely proves what I have been writing about concerning original sin.

You either believe the Genesis story is true or you don’t. I believe the story that God created man and woman for one another. I believe man fell because Adam and Eve ate of forbidden fruit, making all humans sinners and in need of salvation, available through Jesus Christ. If that story isn’t true, then the Bible — from the first to the 66th book — isn’t the literal, infallible word of God.

Attacks against creation casts doubt on scriptural authority. If we question the Bible’s account of creation, what does that say about the existence of original sin? What does it say about Jesus Christ, the risen savior, and man’s need to be saved?

This was exactly my point. Evolution is a direct threat to fundamentalists because it threatens their notion of original sin, and Jesus' conquering of said sin. For fundamentalists, Jesus wiped away original sin; for liberals, Jesus became the sinless path to heaven.

Update: For the record, I am an agnostic atheist; I think both liberal and conservative Christians are wrong on matters of theology, its just that liberal Christians are much closer on philosophical matters than any other Christians. I give liberal Christians credit for this, is all.



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