Words mean What?

Back when I was a boy, well really a teenager, my mother and older sister used to drag me to church. It was rather interesting in that occasionally the preacher would get to ranting and raving about communism and the power of words. Bolshevik, he would thunder, means majority party. But they wern’t he would say, they were the minority party – when they first started out. But within a few years they became the majority party. It’s because words have power, and nothing can be more powerful than the words of GOD, or so he said. I don’t know if his definition is true, but his point about words having power is well taken. Every time I hear an ID creationist talk about the “scientific” controversy or of the growing number scientists who question evolution I am reminded of this story. Every time I read, in a fair and balanced newspaper, about how ID creationist don’t want god in the classroom I am reminded of this story. Every time I hear about the reactionary Darwinian Orthodoxy suppressing the work of the poor downtrodden ID creationists I am remided of this story. Words do have power and it would behoove us not to let those words, however badly they may reflect reality, become true.

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3 Responses

  1. I guess you don’t get dragged to church, anymore, huh? I can’t remember anything from church. I think it’s pretty cool that you remember what the preacher ranted about and can use it to explain the ID creationists putting down Darwinian theory.

  2. I guess you don’t get dragged to church, anymore, huh? I can’t remember anything from church. I think it’s pretty cool that you remember what the preacher ranted about and can use it to explain the ID creationists putting down Darwinian theory.

  3. No, I can’t say that I do get dragged to church. Unfortunately, I do remmember a lot of the stuff that was ranted and raved about. Of course I will say that I never understand the psyche. It always struck me as odd that people would put their trust in the Bible merely because the Bible told them they were supposed to put their trust in the Bible. I once asked about that and was told that this is because they were moved by the Holy Spirit to believe that the Bible was, indeed, the true word of God. Never had that experience myself. Although if I did I would want it to occur while I was reading the Iliad or the Odyssey or something cool like that.

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