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It is interesting to know that Darwin was not an atheist, as David Griffin argues, but a deist who held that “God had, in creating the world’s original molecules, given them a propensity to evolve into the more complex beings.” That is, there was directedness in the process of evolution from the beginning. By contrast, no direction in evolution, as neo-Darwinians maintain, means only that “God provided no more help.” (Griffin, “Neo-Darwinism and Its Religious Implications,” in Back to Darwin, 280).

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This FB gives me abundant information, opens my eyes to wider perspectives, and makes me study and write something about life.

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why do we believe in God?

John, who is my four-year-old son, asked me in the morning: why do we believe in God? During the seven hours driving to Arizona, I could not find a good answer for him just except a typical answer? What would be a good answer?

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Although there are infinite qualitative differences between God and human beings, when we talk about God, i.e., theology, do we really use a completely different language from human language? Look at the thick books which apopatic theologians wrote. Why did they write those thick books if they really emphasize different languages between God and human beings? To worship God and to pray to God are nothing other than human languages about God. God loves our all languages about God.

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Importance of Experience

In any case we need to try something in order to know whether it is good or not. We need to visit some places so as to tell ourselves that those are not good places. Experiences in our life thus are valuable, if they do not hurt others. We cannot even judge without experience.

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The sun is very important in our human lives. Without it, we live no longer. However, the absolutely inevitable sun sometimes used to hinder us, especially when we were driving, seeing the sun. We even think that it would be better, “there is no sun.” There would be many problems especially in the alternating time or at a border line. However, it would be a chance to change or a time to improve our current situation. We can call it a transformative time. Hegel beautifully describes this view: “the Owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.”

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I cannot forget the day when I heard about for the first time Minjung Theology. I was a faithful high school student who wanted to become a pastor. A senior who was a progressive seminary student lectured about minjung’s life and minjung theology. It was a shock to me and totally opposite to my conservative faith, so that I told him: “If I recognize that you are right, after I enter university and study, I will not be silent about church and history. However, if you are wrong, I will not tolerate you.”

This was a story when I was a member of Korean Student Christian Movement (KSCM) which many people called a kind of “heresy” or an illegal circle.

However, this heresy enabled me to open my eyes and to see and know other aspects which I had never seen in my life. Thank to this heresy, I became an open-mined person in university and the senior was my hero at that time.

I hope conservative Christians to know that although they think they alone grasp the full gospel of God in their hands, it cannot be fully apprehended in their hands which have gap between fingers, because gracious gospel of God is like water, so that their small hands cannot grasp it.

For me, since the worst enemy in Christians is the rejection to the novelty, Whitehead’s insight is helpful for them: “The world is thus faced by the paradox that, at least in its higher actualities, it craves for novelty and yet is haunted by terror at the loss of the past, with its familiarities and its loved ones” (Whitehead, Process and Reality, 340).

In a sense, are they not haunted by heresy which is called familiarity and who rejects novelty?

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