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November 09, 2006

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Sean

I agree – well not with what you believe, but with the idea that what we believe does matter and shouldn’t be compartmentalized away.

The only thing I would ask is if you meant the “myriad of complex challenges” that arises from questions of gender identity as a criticism. For while it certainly does open up a lot of questions this doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing. Just like a Christian convert’s belief in God forces them to reevaluate questions they though were already settled so a view of gender as an artificial construct (maleness and femaleness) and not a biological function (male and female) causes many questions to arise.

I haven’t been a Christian for a few years now but the indelible mark that Christianity left on me is that the truth – whatever it may be – does matter and should inform every aspect of our lives.

And even though I don’t share your beliefs, it is good to read thoughtful comments on the subject.

Bill LaMorey

Sean,

Thanks for your comments. While I disagree conceptually with the concept of the article (as you can no doubt gather based upon my worldview);I didn't mean the remark about the complexity as a criticism. It was just an observation meant to underscore that what we believe about ourselves has spillout consequences to everyone around us. For example, if I'm wrong about my identity (or what I base it on) then people like yourself have to deal with the unnecessary complications of misguided religious nuts with constricting beliefs based on mistaken identity. However, if I'm right on the basis for my identity, then I (and people like me) have to unnecessarily deal with complicated social issues based on the mistaken identity of others. Which takes me back to the heart of the post -the value of knowing who you are!

BTW, I like your comment: "...the truth – whatever it may be – does matter and should inform every aspect of our lives."

I believe people on both sides of issues like this could benefit from the application of that statement.

Nicholas

I have just come across your posting here and would like to speak to it in more detail in due course. However, a quick glance through the Time article has me agreeing with Collins in that, as a scientist, I am interested in the whys and many of the answers come from my belief in a higher Godly power. To be a thinking scientist to me does not mean that I have to leave my faith at the door. I know that I am unique in my identity but also I can come as the result of a developmental process. This "evolution" is the result of a God-driven God-given process. Like us all, I am a finely tuned developed being. But there is something unique to each of us which is unfathomable by using human understanding.

Bill LaMorey

Spoken like a true scientist; well said Nicholas!

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