Thursday, April 08, 2010

It is a myth

I saw a story on the news this morning about a guy fighting agasint his school because the biology textbook refers to creationism a biblical myth that states that the universe was created by the Judeo-Christian god.  He is outraged at the "bias" against Christianity and demands the book be pulled from the classroom.

The thing is, creationism is a biblical myth.  A complete and utter fabrication by people who had no idea where rain came from or why the sun rose everyday.  They had no idea how the earth was formed and certainly little conception of how the earth relates to the solar system and Milky Way.  It is no different from the other myths created by people to try to explain the world around them (Greek and Mayan myths come to mind).  I really think the majority of Christians know that the world wasn't created in six days by god, but that the story was used to try to explain the world as these people knew it then.

But, regardless of whether you think the earth is 6000 years old or 4.3 billion years old, surely we can all agree that creationism and religion has absolutely no place in any public science classroom.  Just like we don't teach kids the Mayan myth about creation, we shouldn't teach any other religious myths about how the world formed.  We should teach the science about how the earth was formed.  We have plenty of scientific evidence to form a scientific theory about how and when the earth formed.  We have replaced myth with science.  The more we can replace myth with fact, the better off we'll be.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind is one of the greatest albums I've ever heard.  Bob Dylan has made lots of albums (34 studio albums alone) but I think this is his best.  It's not his most popular, but it's one of my favorite albums of any artist, anytime.

I listened to it the other day and I realized all over again why I love it.  To me, it's a perfect mixture of depressing realizations and glimmers of hoped all mixd with dramatic, yet soft melodies.  It's a window into the singer's state of mind.  The singer is at a crossroads:  does he pursue his unrequited love or does he journey into the cold and unknown world to search for someone else.  It's a wonderful mix of love and hate, but not angry hate or mushy love, but love and hate in the mind of a rational and controlled person.  He's not young enough to yell or write bad love songs, but he's not ready to be alone.  The singer is completely and totally lost at this point in his life and he is trying to find a way to go on…trying to figure out what the next step is.

Bob Dylan is, rightfully so, a legend in his own time.  He's one of the greatest musicians ever and people who disagree have no idea what they are talking about.  He's not a novelty act like some artists from the 60s, but continues to push himself creatively with every album and with every live show.  This album, to me, makes Bob Dylan a real person and not some idol on high who has everything figured out.  In Time Out of Mind, he's a confused man who isn't ready to give up the past, but knows he has to face the uncertain future.

Go buy it and listen to it.  Then listen to it again.  You'll thank me later.