Note: This article first appeared in the May / June issue of Touchstone, a Journal of Mere Christianity (www.touchstonemag.com), under the title "Mars Hill Travelers." I hope you find the parallels and surprising suggestions of general revelation as interesting as I do. The new September - October issue, which was just mailed -- I haven't received my copy yet -- also includes one of my articles, this one on "Lin Yutang and the New China." Another article on John Loftus and the "Outsider Test for Faith" should appear in a later edition, perhaps later this year. Fun to be writing about China again, and of course always great fun to see stuff in print.-- DM
|Heaven forbid anyone remain|
satisfied with (such) ignorance.
Dawkins does sometimes raise interesting questions, though. One of the most interesting has to do with what G. K. Chesterton called "God and Comparative Religion.” Dawkins wrote:
"Alas that the Creator should have made me the deformed object that I am!"
"No, why should I dislike it? If He were to turn my tailbone into a wheel, and my spirit into a horse, I would mount it, and want no other steed."
One cannot fight Heaven, he concluded in a tone that sounded more hopeful than resigned or even flippant.
Zilai responded serenely:
Whether a parent tells a son to go, east, west, south, or north, he follows their command. Yin and Yang (the constituent elements of the Dao) are more to a man than his parents. If they are bringing about my death, I will not be obstinate and resist.
What else can I, a lame old man, do but sing hymns to God . . . I will not desert this post, as long as it may be given me to fill it; and I exhort you to join me in this same song.