One of the hallmarks of Christianity has always been its inability to agree on matters of doctrine which has resulted in endless schisms throughout its history.
The ensuing internecine fights have all too frequently escalated into full blown warfare where opposing sects have been hell-bent (sic) on annihilating each other.
Religion has a filthy habit of turning people into sects maniacs.
In some instances success was almost 100%. Consider the Cathars, which is a perfect example from history where Normal Christians™ allowed heretics to run amuck.
Where they were unable to engage in open warfare, straightforward persecution was a quite acceptable substitute and this eventually led to large numbers of people fleeing the shores of Europe to America where they could pursue the correct interpretation of their religion without fear of being brutalized or burned alive by the heretics that drove them from their homelands.
Once there, all they had to do was decimate the indigenous peoples who refused to convert, acquire lots of human slaves to work the land, and they could celebrate God in relative piece and quiet.
Thank the individual-interpretation-of-the-Christian-god that Christians these days are not engaged in open warfare against each other – there are the Muslims for this.
However, Christians still enjoy battling over doctrine and this is most evident regarding the subject of Creation.
Of course, all Christians believe in Creation with a capital C and this denotes a Creator – also with a capital C whose name is God. Actually his name is Yahweh, but they prefer not to use this term too often as Yahweh was originally a Canaanite deity who the Israelites adopted and transmogrified to suit their eventual preference for monotheism.
No, what Genuine Christians™ specifically object about Creation is Young Earth Creationists.
This is the branch of Christian belief that considers the earth to be is around 6000 years old and the bible in its original form is the really literal, more literal than what other Christians believe Word of God. Thus, fig leaves really were once a Fashion Statement and dinosaurs really did go on Noah’s ark.
For Normal Christians™ – those that accept evolution and believe the earth is billions of years old – Young Earth Creationists are the pebble in their shoe of reality; the Over the Edge nutters who drive all sane Christians round the bend. Or, perhaps even further round the bend?
The Pope himself thinks these people are off the chart.
And who would disagree? Not I!
(You gotta hang your hat with the man in the dress, right?)
I say we stand up for Normal Christians™ ; those Christians who believe a smelly, 1st century itinerant, eschatological rabbi and Lake Tiberius pedestrian who came back from the dead, and made the universe in his Yahweh guise, and fight these Young Earth Creationists and stamp out this silliness once and for all to ensure a return to the days when only Normal,Truthful and Factual Christian beliefs governed our lives.
Amen to that right?
Oh, and if you want to read a real interesting discussion with some super-duper interesting points raised by a super duper interesting Normal Christian™ ( named Charles) as he lambastes a Young Earth Creationist then here’s a link.