Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, Week 3: Can we trust scripture? (Part 2)

My wife continues her recap of “The Table” last Wednesday evening.

Gorgeous – thank you for taking the time to share this!

Friends, if you have thoughts, please share them with the community here or on her excellent blog! 🙂

The Counterfeit Christian

bible on table

Hello, friends.

It is incredible to me that I can call you friends and mean it in the truest sense of the word. My family just returned home from dinner with two of you who we first met online in January. Our friendship is young, but I believe it will last. We’re starting to get to know each other—to talk about more than what we talk about here. Russell ordered two consecutive entrees and two simultaneous desserts, and we stayed until restaurant staff glared at us. Almost two and a half years ago, I wrote a letter to a believing acquaintance. That led to a family friendship, and ultimately to a blog community and a growing local community. Months ago, my vulnerability in this online setting led me to meet with two internet strangers. Suddenly, they’re across the table from me over a spontaneous Thursday night meal planned only 2…

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Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, Week 3: Can we trust scripture? (Part 1)

The local series continues. I plan to go with Russell next week. Our readers are welcome to continue the conversation here or on CC’s blog. I’m just glad that the conversation is happening. There are a few Christ followers who care deeply for the atheists in their lives. There are a few Christ followers who have atheists in their lives that they chose with purpose. More than a few of the few read and write here.


The Counterfeit Christian

bible on table

Tonight was my turn at the Wednesday night discussion group at church. If you follow my husband’s and our friend’s shared blog, you may have read about it there last week. A church in our area is currently in the middle of a sermon series about the questions Christians hope no one will ask—and they are following some of the topics outlined in Mark Mittelberg’s book by the same title. The weekly Wednesday night discussions are designed to delve deeper into the topic of the previous Sunday’s sermon. I haven’t been able to attend the sermons due to my work schedule the first two weeks of the series and my wedding season schedule since then as a bridesmaid in two of my best friends’ weddings next month—but I have listened to every word of every sermon. My husband attended the second week’s discussion group and posted about it here

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Developmental Plasticity and the “Hard-Wired” Problem

Wonderful and complex post. This is my first reblog and it got me thinking. Let me digest, then comment. Wow – – too many food metaphors. Time for breakfast.

Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.

“Development is the missing link between genotype and phenotype, a place too often occupied by metaphors in the past … But a strong emphasis on the genome means that environmental influence is systematically ignored. If you begin with DNA and view development as “hard-wired,” you overlook the flexible phenotype and the causes of its variation that are the mainsprings of adaptive evolution.” (Mary Jane West-Eberhard, 2003: 89-90)

“Genes, unlike gods, are conditional. They are exquisitely good at simple if-then logic: if in a certain environment, then develop in a certain way… So here is the first moral of the tale: Don’t be frightened of genes. They are not gods; they are cogs. (Matt Ridley, 2003: 250)

Plasticity: actor Christian Bale at two points in time. Same genes, different phenotypes.Plasticity: actor Christian Bale at two points in time. Same genes, different phenotypes.

In his book The Triple Helix, Richard Lewontin told the story of the molecular biologist and Nobel laureate Sydney…

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