As you may know, Roy and Lois Hartzler and The Old Fool traveled from Goshen, Indiana to Akron, Pensylvania to attend the memorial service of Paul J.Lehman, our brother-in-law. This required two full days of travel in the close confinement of a car. The confinement proved useful. Obviously, we had ample opportunity to discuss many subjects on which we had common interest and became a mini think tank.
Roy is a retired science teacher, Lois is a retired elementary public school teacher, and I am a retired pastor and conference administrator. We found that we shared a common concern for the future of the church and its children. The Bible, we believe, should be taught in a way that is consistent with an informed faith and ongoing scientific enquiry. Our interest centered on the teaching of Genesis 1 & 2 to children.
We agreed that portraying Genesis 1 & 2 as literal events may ultimately destroy faith, but that it would be more helpful to retell the old stories as early myths created by some (tribal) people who tried to teach their children how they and the universe came to be.
We agreed that children should be told that scientists have been collecting evidence that they believe will replace the myths of Genesis 1 & 2 with what actually is taking place in the long development of the universe. Children should be assured that in school they will learn much more about this unfinished research.
The Old Fool is posting this consensus with the consent of Roy and Lois. It is for testing and comment in the hope that it will be helpful to those who teach and preach in the church. (Could this be a template for Bible study: relating what was believed then with what is known and not known now?)
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