Pete Rose has slammed his face into the news lately trying one more time to weasel into the Hall of Fame. His latest attempt failed due to the fact that he admitted he still gambles! One would think if he was as torn up about not getting into the HOF as he wants us to believe, he would have left the vice that kept him out.

There are some other fellows not in the Hall of Fame due to a gambling scandal. The 1919 Chicago White Sox apparently threw the World Series for a payout. One of the guys busted was Buck Weaver.

Buck Weaver’s relatives are trying to get his name cleared by pointing out there was no proof that he was involved with the scandal and his performance in the games proves it. They have established a web site to gain support. Interesting check it out, and maybe even support ole’ Buck.

I am now reading a biography of Johnny Cash by Stephen Miller. Miller is writing about Cash in an effort to find his way to God. He was a friend of Cash and always heard Cash talking about his relationship with Christ but Miller could never take the step of faith.

While going through Cash’s life, he makes snippity comments about things Cash said about God. It’s really annoying! I want to read about Cash, not about Miller’s struggles with God.

However, it’s also interesting at the same time. It’s hard for a person to come to Christ while watching a Christian who was all over the place in his behavior. Cash had a long stretch of drug abuse and wild behavior which seems to call into doubt his profession of faith. If Miller wants to come to God, perhaps he should look harder at Jesus than at Cash.

It all goes to show though, God has saved us and left us here for a reason. How often does our behavior confuse the unsaved? That’s why we point them to Christ rather than to our testimony or false front of spirituality. “It is no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.”

The Super Bowl, which was a fine game, has one very unfortunate characteristic–halftime. Who thinks of these things? Weird stuff. How do they think it adds any viewers? Not only was I put off by what went on–a suppsed theme of “get out and vote” which was said twice was overshadowed by every single song which talked about naked people–apparently featured naked people.

Who would have thought that a production put on by MTV would have offended half of America? Never saw that coming. The NFL is “disappointed” in what took place. Yeah, well, I’m disappointed that these NFL uppidy-ups put MTV in charge of 15 minutes of any football game.

It’s getting hard to watch anything anymore.

In Saudi Arabia, about 250 Muslims died during the annual “Stoning of Satan” ritual. Just be glad your church sticks to traditional ways of worship! Also be glad that our Bible tells us Satan is all ready beat! Not something we need to do, Christ all ready did it.

Another quote from Gould’s book, The Panda’s Thumb (pg. 243).

Talking about the rapid changes in scientific belief and overcoming past findings which are shown to be ridiculous–

“Our century is no standard for all ages; science is always an interaction of prevailing culture, individual eccentricity, and empirical constraint.”

Again, wow, thanks for the encouragment! What a basis for belief!

What he’s saying is that scientific findings, no matter how stated–as law or theory–are relative to current cultural beliefs, the weirdness of scientific discoverers and whether or not other people can catch your errors! And this is written from one of the strongest proponents of science and evolution!What a basis for truth! It’s no wonder our world is so messed up!

In case you’re wondering, I’m almost done with the book so I’ll stop talking about evolution soon.

The most recent Anti-Itch Meditation talks about agnosticism. The guy who invented the word “agnostic” was Thomas Huxley, good friend and fellow scientist with Charles Darwin. Here is a quote I am taking from The Panda’s Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould:

“My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations… Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.”

How inspiring!

He observed nature scientifically and concluded that we just can’t know what we can’t see, experiment with and analyze. Therefore, there’s no spiritual aspect to life. When his young son died, someone consoled him that his son’s soul would live on. Huxley thanked him but rejected the sentiments because there was no evidence for it!

The hopelessness of evolution is enough for me to give up on it. The uncertainty of it all is boggling. Perhaps they view my belief in God as just as boggling. I see it a different way–at least my view brings hope!

I am currently reading The Panda’s Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould who is a humanist, evolutionist scientist/writer. Interesting stuff.

What is amusing about it is that most of the chapters are looks back into the past of scientific discovery. He has to revise most of the findings of scientists who came before him.

Many of the scientists of the 1800’s had racist and sexist views of things and came up with scientific proof of their views. Gould, writing in the age of political correctness, has to revise most of what they said, and most for good reason.

But even in areas where there is little controversy Gould revises things. He even admitted that when he begins teaching a new class on fossils he has to throw out his old notes and start over because things have changed so much.

At the same time, being a scientist, he can’t help himself but use really big words to discuss all these things. He tries to make it understandable but he’s still a scientist in a scientist’s world. It’s a common ploy to defeat critics of sceintific findings for scientists to say, “You just don’t understand” and intimidate you with their big words.

All of this reminds me of the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians–the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God–it has to be revised because it was wrong–God’s word has never been revised. People use words of human wisdom to impress you and intimidate you into believing what they say because they sound so smart.

The danger of theology is that we can do these same things. If we make the study of God into another scientific endeavor, we run into danger. We make really big words and make it inaccessible to most believers. We can also get so far away from the Bible and so far into our views that we have to revise what we said before making it seem as if God and the Bible are as capricious as anything else in the world.

Stick with Paul–“I came to you preaching nothing but Christ and him crucified” that’s understandable to anyone and has not been revised for nearly 2,000 years.