Nothing is more absurd than the constant dread in which religious men, declaring to worship God in truth and in spirit, are kept at the scientific discovery of new facts incompatible with the folk-lore [of the Bible]. Nothing is more irreligious than to persecute the seekers of truth in order to keep up absurdities and superstitions of bygone ages. Nothing is more inhuman than the commission of ‘devout cruelty’ under the mask of love of God and man. Is it not the misfortune, not only of Christianity, but of whole mankind, to have the Bible encumbered with [stories that sometimes] conflict with science?
–Professor Kaiten Nukariya in his book Zen: the Religion of the Samurai
I consider myself neither an evolutionist nor a creationist, because science and Christianity have both failed to provide answers I find completely satisfactory. However unlike many on either side of the debate, I’m content accepting the unknown rather than insisting it be explained. But Dr. Kaiten is talking about more than just evolutionism vs. creationism – he’s talking about all instances in which the Bible is used to persecute those who don’t find satisfactory answers to their questions within its pages. Why should they be condemned for simply seeking their truth? In the back of my mind I hear an evangelical saying, “The Truth is already in front of them! The Bible is the only Truth because it’s God’s Word!”
Wouldn’t it be nice if everything really was as black and white as the Evangelicals seem to believe? Life would certainly be a lot easier…