Thursday, March 01, 2007
This video might anger some Christians but I think it poses some important questions (including those I offered in the previous entry entitled "Certainty"). They are the sort of questions that some young people I've worked with start asking after they go off to college. Questions that seem to point to a contradiction between faith and reason. All the more reason we should challenge our youth with these sorts of questions long before they leave our care and decide there are no good answers. I actually think the questions posed in this video are completely valid. Many deal with theodicy and the problem of suffering in the world. There are no easy answers to the concerns he poses - and I agree that the typical answers given to his questions are inadequate. My problem with the questioner is that he presents only one particular view of God/Christianity. I would argue that this fellow is a fundamentalist atheist, which is to say that his view of the Bible is every bit as narrow and literalistic as Christian fundamentalists (much like Bart Erhman, the fundamentalist-turned-atheist who wrote "Misquoting Jesus.") I do not beleive in the sort of God he describes in the video any more than he does. I wonder: Is there room in his thinking to consider the role of metaphor and myth within the biblical texts? Is there room in his non-theology to consider a God who is not "out there" acting over-and-above creation but rather God as that which works within and through the created order (including you and me)?