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Whose thought is it anyway?

BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day remains closed to secularists and some non-religious figures are getting a bit hot under the collar. Today’s Guardian newspaper and website has the secularist case put by author and broadcaster Claire Rayner with Giles Fraser arguing that the current slot should be left as it is.

Over the last few weeks or so we’ve had argument around evolution, praying nurses, atheist bus adverts and that old church and state chestnut wheeled out by those who feel that the best way to champion the case for secularism or faith is to embarrass, bash, argue and undermind those who don’t see things quite their way.  We van use up all the newsprint and TV and radio airtime on these issues and we will probably find that those doing the talking are the very worse people to engage the wider public in an open and honest debate. The people who write, blog and broadcast on these matters have usually made up their mind and just use their platform telling  you  why you should see things their way.

Well I’m going to make you a promise right here and right now. On this blog I will tell you what I feel, what I experience and  even what I believe but I will not tell you what to think. I wouldn’t presume to insult your intelligence.

I believe in  a God who  gave you a brain to use it for yourself and think things through; the Bible even suggests the need to work out your own salvation. So, it’s not their thought for the day but yours which counts in my book. What you think is important and interesting to me with all your loves,doubts, fears, joys, and hopes. So go on, make my day and let me have your thought for the day.

 

You can listen to Thought for the Day by following this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/thought/

You can follow the Guardian debate at this link http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/feb/06/religion-another-thought-for-the-day1

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Intelligent evolution discussion please

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

So it’s 200 years since Darwin’s birth next week. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a bit fed up some who  suggest that the all Christians believe that the earth was created in 6  days a few thousand years ago. Some go on to suggest that having a  Christian faith is incompatible with a true respect for science, and so God is likely to be some kind of ancient myth we’ve held on to down the ages and is now an anachronism with no place in the modern world. I’ve read Richard Dawkins books- including the God Delusion and find them a good read and challenge to some of my thinking, but as even Richard must know, a good scientist can’t dismiss the existence of God because he/she can’t be proven- for the very reason that God can’t be dis-proved either!

Not all Christians are new earth creationist, but most do have a respect  and give honour to  a creative force in our universe- we just don’t find the alternative view compelling.. As I watched the great Sir David Attenborough explaining his faith of purist evolution on “Darwin The Tree of Life” at the weekend, I couldn’t help be amazed when he said the pattern in living things (DNA) must prove the truth of evolutionary theory because it proves we must descend from apes.  I celebrate when I see a pattern,  I look for a designer, and I  and millions of others are quite relaxed about calling this  designer God. I don’t care  or ven need to know at this point if it took 6 days, or 6000 million years-  a designed and created universe just makes more sense to me.  I don’t believe it because I’ve inherited some primitive instinct and suspended my intellect; I believe it because it make sense and feels right- is that what our DNA pattern is realling telling us Sir David? In their discovery of DNA did Crick and Watson uncover God’s bluepint for life rather than evolution’s accidental coming together of stardust? 

So let’s have a more intelligent and informed debate on these matters and let’s not see Darwin caught in the crossfire between creationists and atheists. May we celebrate his curiosity and scientific intellect and may we embrace the discussions the anniversary of his birth throws up and remember why this great man was buried at Westminster Abbey.

A recent report by Theos showed that only half of the UK population consistently choose evolution over creationism or Intellgent Design. Only 25% of British adults think that evolution is “definitely true”, with another quarter thinking it is “probably true”.

Nick Spencer, the director of studies at Theos points out that people seem to find the concept of no purpose or absolute morality in life difficult to accept and that maybe the Universe is not a result of chance.

The Amercians have “In God we trust” on their dollar bill and we have Darwin on our curency. A tenner for your thoughts!

For more on the Theos research see http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/

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