While walking across campus today there were a couple of guys at the public speaking platform with a poster offering a $250, 000 reward for proof of evolution. I was tempted to stop and make them a counter offer of $1 million, for any evidence whatsoever that creation happened as described in Genesis. The problem with the offer these gentlemen were making is that no evidence you could ever provide would be “proof” of evolution. My father was a microbiologist, he once told me that he knew evolution existed and occured, because he had seen it in a lab. He had seen, what to him was conclusive proof of the process of evolution, but my father was also a man of faith and devoutly religious. Having proof of evolution did not hinder his faith. He believed in both Creation and evolution and saw no discord between the two beliefs.
I find it ironic that while Christ taught in parables so many fundamentalist Christians believe the Bible should be taken as absolute literal truth. How many of the things that Christ taught would be utterly meaningless in a modern context if interpreted absolutely literally? His parables lose all meaning if interpreted solely within the context in which they were taught. Christ even taught that he was speaking in parables to disguise the truth from non-believers. If this is the case, does it not follow that there may be other places in the Bible where a parable or allegory might be used to explain complex concepts?
I believe parables have been used from the beginning to explain things in a way that everyone can understand. At a basic level it is enough to accept that god created the Universe, but as with any parable there are multiple layers of meaning and individual understanding. In a way I feel sorry for the men making their offer on campus today, because as they cling to their strict interpretation of the Bible, they are no better off than the Pharisees and Sadducees who could not see past the literal interpretation of Christ’s teachings.