Sept. 8. 2-14 By Jack Jodell (in association with Fair and Unbalanced.com)
Greetings, fellow progressives! To start the week off properly, we will once again feature 2 new podcasts from gifted writer and podcaster extraordinaire Burr Deming, whose genius can be found regularly each day over at the superb blog site known as Fair and Unbalanced.com (see my blog roll at bottom right). Today, Burr muses first on the unfortunate shooting in Ferguson, MO., and then waxes philosophically in a totally different vein.
In Burr’s own words, “One noticeable result from the slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, comes from the deeply troubling ambiguity of the circumstances of that death. The plain truth is we don’t know what the plain truth is. Not for sure. The context of police mistreatment of the community does not tell us. The context of Michael Brown’s character does not tell us. The frustration that comes with a lack of knowledge has provided some momentum to an already existing movement to provide police officers with body cameras and to insist on their use.” To hear the podcast, click on
——————————————————————————————————— The second podcast in this doubleheader is quite philosophical and thought-provoking and addresses something completely different. It concerns an ages-old, still unanswered question, . It is called “FEARFUL FAITH,” and of it, Burr says,
“I posed one of the traditional questions. If God had created all he had created 6,000 years ago, how would we explain fossils that were dated millions od years old? How about light from stars billions of light years away?
He had an answer. God had created his creation with the appearance of age. That was my introduction to what is known as the Omphalos hypothesis, named for a novel written in the MID-1800s. It has a certain chicken-and-egg logic to it. If God had created the egg, it would appear to have come from a chicken. If God created a chicken, it would appear to have come from an egg. Both would have the Appearance of Age.
I suggested that, if God had gone through that much trouble to give his universe the Appearance of Age, it seemed to me a bit unsporting for us not to surrender to his will and believe in all those contrived eons. My new friend’s unbending faith was strong enough for him to find my observation completely nonthreatening. In fact, he laughed appreciatively. It was hard not to like him. Not all creationists accept the Omphalos hypothesis. I don’t much blame them. The big gaping hole in it is that it can support pretty much any theory of limited existence. God created the universe last Tuesday. He did it with the Appearance of Age, including memories, psudo-history, relationships, and a fictitious past. Why not?”
To hear this gem, click on http://fairandunbalanced.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-06T07_06_47-07_00