So said the Minister for Science in Canadia, an imaginary country that borders on greatness. When asked if he accepts evolution, Gary Goodyear says:
I’m not going to answer that question. I am a Christian, and I don’t think anybody asking a question about my religion is appropriate.
Now for the minister for science and technology to be a chiropractor who “studied” kinesiology is super dodgy without it actually turning out that he denies adaptation via natural selection.
But the most shocking part of this is actually the claim that he doesn’t think anybody asking a question about his religion is appropriate. This is so stupid, even robots would be coerced into a facepalm:
Whether or not descent through modification occurs is as “religious” a question as whether you go to circuses. God may well hate clowns for all I know, but your circus attending record is a matter of fact, an observation that can be made without theological carriage. Circuses can be assessed theologically, but asking if you like watching men toy with malnourished lions is actually more of a religiously interesting question than whether you think Darwin was on to something.
But the privatization of faith. Now that is a serious problem for Christians. The idea that religion is something that a man does in private is the actual idea of the middle 19th Century that has devastated Christian witness. Darwin couldn’t have dreamt up as effective a neutering device, had he actually had a moment when he opposed Christians living out their faith with authenticity (which he didn’t).
Peter, writing to the church in Rome, about 30 years after Jesus died, facing persecution from Nero’s regime, said that Christians should “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
This Goodyear fellow is undoubtedly a lovely man who is being misrepresented in some senses by news organisations intent on stirring up some controversy. Politicians being foolish will do for selling newspapers if Megan Fox isn’t cavorting in a bikini somewhere. I am not having a go at Goodyear, a man I know nothing about. But I do want to draw attention to the insane idea that he has absorbed- that having a Christian faith doesn’t shape the way one engages in politics.
It ought to.
Your Correspondent, He’s got pretty persuasion