From The Dish, Sullivan talks about what he’s reading now (Steve Pinker’s new book on the decline of violence), but then, at about 3 minutes in, he segues into the Adam and Eve story, again arguing that it is both true and untrue at the same time (he’s apparently jettisoned his distinction between “real” and “true”).
The “true” part is apparently the story’ metaphor that we can make our world better, as embodied in Pinker’s thesis, and that that “arc of history” is directed by God.
He argues, as does John Haught, that “God is ahead of us” and pulling us toward His bosom. This, Sullivan claims, is “buttressed by more and more scientific research.” Which research? That our genetics shows us that we’re both good and evil, but that the good must win in the end.
I’ve been a geneticist my entire adult life, and I didn’t know that!
Sullivan should have stuck to the book. When he meanders into theology, he becomes incoherent.
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