Friday, 17 December 2010
But more subtle solutions are out there. Some work, some don't. The trouble is, which category each falls in is impossible to nail down - beware the dark forces of apologetics! Take the Original Sin problem, for example. Along came dippy old Father Adam and screwed up the divine masterplan by following a woman's advice...
But wait, can a human actually do that? No, surely it was all part of the grand design all along...
Uh, hang on, let's take a reality check before we go any further. Adam? Eve? No such people, people!
Michael Ruse tries to untangle the knot, which is a commendable but possibly insane undertaking for a man who describes himself as a non-believer. Ruse however is a philosopher, so Calvinist conundrums are probably to him what Sudoku puzzles are to the rest of us. In the process he finds a kind word for John Schneider, a theologian at Calvin College who has fallen afoul of the dominees and predikants of that august institution.
So, a spot of subtle unpicking or the light sabre solution? I guess that the Calvin College retort would be "neither."
Which is where the problem arises in the first place.
Posted by Gavin R at 20:58