Karl Giberson on Optional Facts for Christians

This kind of critical thinking about sources and expertise is essential in navigating the complexity of our modern scientific world and developing sensible and defensible positions on everything from the age of the earth to the real cost of Medicare.

Unfortunately, America has an uneasy relationship with experts. Many people don’t like the idea of consulting some egghead at a university to get scoop on complex problems, even though that egghead might be the world’s leading expert and hold a position endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences. Every night on Fox News Glenn Beck assaults expertise and education as if they are just different prejudices. He regularly pits his high school diploma against teams of Ivy League doctorates in a most amazing performance as America’s leading anti-intellectual. A few hours later on Fox News, Sean Hannity hosts a “great American panel” in which he asks former beauty queens, football coaches, and country singers to comment on complex political and economic questions.

Karl Giberson, Ph.D: Is Accepting Evolution ‘Optional’ For Christians?.

Karl is a funny guy – who knew?

Buy he is correct, I fear, about Americans. We simply do not like experts or the dreaded ‘i’ word – intellectuals….

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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