Thursday 11 August 2005

God, evolution and cheesecake

This week’s Time magazine raises the question: “Can You Believe in God and Evolution?” I think the very form of this question reveals a drastic misunderstanding: it implies that God is merely one part of reality alongside others, so that we must choose between “believing in God” and “believing in something else.” We might as well ask: “Can you believe in God and electricity?” Or “Can you believe in God and motor-cars?” Or “Can you believe in God and in cheesecake?” All such questions are meaningless and amusing precisely because God is not simply one part of the world alongside others. If we think we need to choose between God and cheesecake or between God and evolution, then the real problem is simply that we haven’t yet grasped the meaning of the word “God.”

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