“It has been difficult for people to understand that, historically, skepticism has been mostly skepticism of expert knowledge rather than skepticism about abstract entities like God, and that all the great skeptics have been largely either religious or, at least, pro-religion (that is, in favor of others being religious).”
The actual likeness of theistic behavior is inversely proportionate to the actual theistic belief.
The actual appearance of confidence is inversely proportionate to the actual confidence.
I think for social / political movement, using words of war is not that productive!
Take evolution seriously
Have the courage to say “I don’t know”
Evolution v Creation is a great chance to introduce our gospels to others.
“No, we don’t put theories into practice. We create theories out of practice. That was our story, and it is easy to infer from it—and from similar stories—that the confusion is generalized. The theory is the child of the cure, not the opposite—ex cura theoria nascitur.”
Baptize is a statement, a public self expression, like exercises the right of “free speech “.
It is not a condition of the Faith, nor a action that result a ” contractual like” obligation ( otherwise it will be downgraded to a “spiritual contract” ).
Therefore, forced baptize is meaningless and repeated baptize is also meaningless.
Jesus said: John baptizes you with water, but You will be baptized with Holy Spirit.
An unfortunate situation is: even though baptize is not the condition of Faith therefore a condition for one to be saved; in practice, many congregations will make use of baptize as a “graduation” like signal to “formally” accept “new believers ” —-Even this point ( that baptize is not a condition to the Faith ) was made clear to the “new potential believer candidates “.
This results a dilemma: the reality is like there is ” a plain white lie “: you said baptize is not a condition of Faith nor means to join a kind of institution , so why after the second the new baptized brothers and sisters received a package of books and were told can now attend congregation meetings? ( Nobody told that one can do these things before the baptize) . But at the same time, we understand that nobody want tell anybody that it is not an obligation for you. In fact, the whole point is that we don’t want even mention it “once more” on the spot of your baptism —- because that would be feel like an “emphasis “, though I personally think I can rethink why we can’t or shouldn’t “emphasize ” it —- You “should ” yourself willing to do what we are hoping you to do.
But of course, nobody wants at very beginning to clarify this because that maybe not very helpful for either sides.
It is a very interesting case that, “misleading” may sometimes serve a good purpose.
But still, I think there is a danger. One very common example is that too often I heard the read the misunderstanding of taking baptize as a line between one’s no-faith life and faith life. Therefore I hope it justifies that I wrote this piece.
“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice; in practice there is.”
“…my take is that this evolution is not a competition between ideas, but between humans and systems based on such ideas. An idea does not survive because it is better than the competition, but rather because the person who holds it has survived! Accordingly, wisdom you learn from your grandmother should be vastly superior (empirically, hence scientifically) to what you get from a class in business school (and, of course, considerably cheaper). My sadness is that we have been moving farther and farther away”
Reverend Chu Yiu-ming
Chu Yiu-ming, a silver-haired, 70-year-old Baptist minister, spent decades spearheading pro-democratic initiatives in Hong Kong before he became an Occupy Central leader last year. After the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, he led a covert operation to rescue Chinese activists from persecution by helping them find safe houses in Hong Kong and apply for asylum abroad. Chu recalled the moment he heard the news of the bloodshed in an interview with Bloomberg in May. “The tears came down,” he said. “I made a prayer: God, what can we do?”