To be a credible interlocutor in the debate about the existence of God, one should have more than a passing acquaintance with the literature.  I have read some, much, of it.  But even my knowledge of the pros and cons leaves me with a troubling impression that many, on both sides, have missed the point.

Why – on God’s earth (or on anyone else’s) – would Someone intelligent and powerful enough to create a Universe and creatures like us, have bothered to take so long about it ?  I mean why take 13.8 billion years before getting around, 200,000 years ago, to creating Homo Sapiens, as a kind of after-thought ?  Why such a long, arduous process of evolution ?  Oh, O.K. !  So that’s what’s wrong with Darwin !  The world is in fact less than 6000 years old !  God created the world in six days (remembering to put the fossils in the rocks from the beginning) and crowned a busy week by creating fully developed human beings.

Am I shooting myself in my theological foot ?  I think not.  In the seminary we used to call this a “reductio ad absurdum” (“reduction to the absurd”).  If you do not get the point, I’m sorry, I can’t help you.

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