I’m reading Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism now and have been appalled at finding from his book, for the first time, that socially conservative Christians resist Darwin’s theory of evolution because they don’t want people to get the notion that ideas also can evolve, say, for example, interpretation of the Bible.
This is news to my father and me. And that is a big deal because that’s my father’s book I showcase in my Amazon widget on the right side of the page, entitled Information Theory, Evolution and the Origin of Life by Hubert P. Yockey.
So I asked my father to keep me company this afternoon while I was preparing dinner and explaining this to him. A few minutes into our chat I was surprised when he laughed and said, “I am a cannibal to God.”
Our conversation had turned his mind to his childhood when one of his brothers came home from school and told their mother, “I am a cannibal to God.”
It turned out that the teacher had said, “I am accountable to God.”
Dad couldn’t remember whether his brother had heard the expression in public school or Sunday school. The Darwin conversation didn’t go much farther after that. But isn’t it funny how what we hear is really a combination of what we already know how to hear and what we want to hear?