Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Theories in the church

There are those in the steampunk community who dress in 19th century fashions, talk with
19th accents and words, and have the impeccable manners of Victorian aristocracy.  These types of people long for the days of yore when everything in the world was more passionate and extreme than today. 

One of the most extreme things was the attitude of the Christian Church which, in retrospect, seems to have been a bubbling cauldron of thoughts and ideas.  It went into the century old and set in its ways, and came out of the century fractured. 

Yes, fractured.  I can think of nowhere to so adequately describe the splits of thoughts throughout the Church.  Today we're looking at one of these splits: creationism.

Out of the 19th century we have  Young Age Creationism.  This is the idea that life was created sometime after Homer devised both Illiad and Odyssey.  This rubbishes claims of "old age" and says there is a global scientific conspiracy against YAC. 

To which scientists make little reply, claiming only that you don't say bye-bye when you flush the toilet bowl.  Personally I don't know either way, but religion breeds animosity.

On the other side of the fence are the Old Earth Creationists, but this isn't a single theory, it's several.  There's GAP creationism, which thinks that all life was wiped out on an old earth, and the earth was sterilised.  Then 10, 000 years ago God recreated all life.  This viewpoint came out of the Victorian era and was made popular in the 1909 Scofield Reference Bible.

William Buckland, 12 March 1784, 15 August 1856
A member of the Royal Society, twice President of the Geological Society of London, a member of the clergy, find everything you could ever want here.

And I know this post isn't up to my usual standards.  That's kinda tough, I'm still wired for xmas.

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