How to lose a girl in less than 10 words

I can lose a girl in less than 10 words.

There are all kinds of possibilities. The classics are, “I watch football all day long,” or, “I still live with my mother.” Or there's my favorite, “I want to be a writer.” But those all take six words.

I can do it in just four simple, harmless words. In her book “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee's character Atticus Finch says it's important to climb into another's skin and walk around in it for a while.

For Christians, Jesus says the same thing in the Sermon on the Mount, “If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” However, I've discovered many megachurches and popular radio programs teach something very different. These adherents scour the Web for posts that agree only with their viewpoint. Compromise is a dirty word. And anyone who disagrees is obviously evil, stupid or part of a scientific conspiracy (which, by the way, is impossible).

Take the dispute over evolution as an example. Never mind what the most important historical figures in Christianity have said. You know, like Augustine, who wrote way back in the fifth century that Genesis should not be taken as a seven-day creation account, and even devised his own early big bang theory. Or Thomas Aquinas back in the 13th century, who showed that in every event both God and nature are 100 percent involved, paving the way for understanding the hand of God at work in evolution. Forget also that in the early 20th century, Christian denominations had fully embraced the theory of evolution. This changed with the rise of fundamentalism. Now we live in a different age, one that has amnesia to the progress of the last 2,000 years.

So after long talks of families, work, and recreational pursuits, I look my date straight in the eyes and say, “I agree with evolution.” It works every time.

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I enjoyed this post too Bruce, thank you!


Great post, made me smile! Thanks for that!

Glen Meyer

Hi Bruce. It’s your brother Glen.

I accept (on the testimony of biologists) the broad outlines of evolutionary theory as a well-confirmed theory explaining the variety, kinds and distribution of animal species (including humans, when viewed through a strictly biological lens) on the earth today, as well as the fossil record. Spiritually, I struggle with the possibility that a benevolent and loving God would use what appears to be an extremely cruel process (natural selection) to bring about much of the beauty and variety in animal species. Perhaps this problem is simply part of the problem of evil in general (and of problems raised by animal suffering in particular) or perhaps it has aspects that are logically distinct. I haven’t thought it through, but it is what bothers me most about evolutionary theory. Any alleged conflict with certain readings of Genesis doesn’t bother me at all. We’ll have to learn to read Genesis differently, and, as you point out, many Christians in the past have done so.

I agree that it’s too bad that fearful reactions to modernism and later cultural developments seem to drive so much of the controversy today. It prevents us from moving forward with more constructive controversies.


Bravo! Wanna go out? 😉


Bruce, good post, and I especially appreciate what you wrote about compromise and disagreement.

Lace Marie Williams-Tinajero, PhD

Ha! This is great. As we discussed some time ago, my struggle with evolution has to do with evil and how the ability or propensity to do hideous, horrendous things evolved in humans. What do you think?


Thank you for the comments:

Glen- great insights, deep questions.

Lace- I think that is a struggle most humans have had since the beginning.

If I had any answers I think I could be very rich!

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