God of the Gaps approach inevitably leads to a less open mind.-K99
I agree, I think I am being closed minded to an extent in this point of my deprogramming, but who knows what I will think in the future
Sorry Kate, I was not very clear. I was speaking generally in as much as whilst an individual may progress with their pursuit of knowledge, the majority are more likely to slow down allow their intellecual curiosity be framed by the concept of God having to be involved somewhere.
I think that you are very much in the same place I was as I awoke to TTATT. To be fair, some people mantain a faith in God and Jesus and I respect that. On a personal level as soon as I deconstructed the 1914, last days eschatology then I found the concept of God being involved less and less logical. I guess that I am still not quite an atheist but I am increasingly left with "you can't (correction) prove God doesn't exist" as the only argument left.
I have to say I don't know enough about the specific example to comment on the scientific merits of your statement - I will leave that up to Cofty or Cantleave.-K99
cantleave can talk to me about chemistry at the same level....but cofty goes way over my head with evolution and fossils, he admits to knowing less about chemistry than me, thank you also for being so humble to admit your limits. It is very refreshing and validating for me.
That's very kind. I know my limits on these things and would probably completely crumble in front of some of the ID specialists but I am trying to increase my knowledge. My problem is I forget alot of the facts. I've read several books by Coyne, Dawkins etc. but keep forgetting many of the examples used. I certainly don't know enough about chemistry to discuss the merits of most of molecular evolutionary biology.
What I do have however is an inate sense of logic and reason. All the time I was brought up as a Witness I allowed that to be moulded by what I now recognise as cognitive dissonance. I thought I was being the astute one, never climbing on the back of the latest change or drive to increase urgency, playing the game with the Elders to be seen as an asset without over committing to the organisation. In fact I was as deluded as the rest of them.
When I started waking up I allowed my logic and reason to come to the other conclusion, the conclusion that would normally mean spiritual weakness, the conclusion that opened up more questions that answers - the conclusion not filled by the God of the Gaps. I hope it is not hubris or blind self-confidence that has brought me to where I am now. I hope it is simply allowing myself to trust logic and reason more than the niggling voice of the "wise/mature Christian". I feel like a participant in a management training away day, standing with my back to the group and letting myself fall, confident that the safety net of their arms is there.
I am confident that the safety net of logic and reason is there. I am sure that even though I feel like I am falling through space sometimes, I will be captured, caught in a web of reason that cannot be broken.
My suggestion is rather than try and fill the gap, leave it open. Leave your mind open and be comfortable that the gap is there.