13 4 / 2014

"As someone who’s had the privilege of leading the human genome project, I’ve had the opportunity to study our own DNA instruction book at a level of detail that was never really possible before.
It’s also now been possible to compare our DNA with that of many other species. The evidence supporting the idea that all living things are descended from a common ancestor is truly overwhelming.
I would not necessarily wish that to be so, as a Bible-believing Christian. But it is so. It does not serve faith well to try to deny that.
But I have no difficulty putting that together with what I believe as a Christian because I believe that God had a plan to create creatures with whom he could have fellowship, in whom he could inspire [the] moral law, in whom he could infuse the soul, and who he would give free will as a gift for us to make decisions about our own behavior, a gift which we oftentimes utilize to do the wrong thing.
I believe God used the mechanism of evolution to achieve that goal. And while that may seem to us who are limited by this axis of time as a very long, drawn-out process, it wasn’t long and drawn-out to God. And it wasn’t random to God.
[He] had the plan all along of how that would turn out. There was no ambiguity about that."

Francis Collins - Director of the National Institutes of Health (via coreyvidal)

13 4 / 2014

riannafinch:

How have I gained so much weight in the past three weeks when my diet is like 60% kale smoothies

Calories in > Calories burned.

06 4 / 2014

riannafinch:

Times When Lloyd Disappoints Me

I could write a whole book

"Conversations from my Kitchen Floor"?

05 4 / 2014

mardy-bummer:

I love this little guy. x

I wish more americans would get the hint. I’m not talking about people on the righthand side, I’ve seen more of this on the left.

mardy-bummer:

I love this little guy. x

I wish more americans would get the hint. I’m not talking about people on the righthand side, I’ve seen more of this on the left.

(Source: chewingwildflowers, via riannafinch)

04 4 / 2014

riannafinch:

So many people on my Facebook feed are griping about that Noah movie and I just

no

if your main concern about “biblical accuracy” ain’t the fact that everyone in that movie is white then get out of my face

The main concern I’ve seen people have is the subtle impious nature of the film that is just subtle enough to get Christians to watch it and yet blatant enough that non-Christians and non-Jews will laugh at “the poor stupid jews/christians”

Though I disagree with most attempts to call any religion a “rip-off” religion. 

24 3 / 2014

samanthafall:

Everyone has been really supportive of the girls who have recently come out as sexual abuse victims and it’s absolutely amazing! But then there’s times I read posts that I find frustrating and somewhat confusing?
Attacking someone I am very close to, who…

I think we tend to go a little too far in our quest to make sure no instance of abuse is unpunished. By a little bit, I mean we (I’m speaking as an american and what I’ve noticed in my own country, I doubt it’s restricted to America) dehumanize people who are accused of something to the point that we forget that *both* parties are human, *both* parties can learn, *both* parties can heal, *both* parties can forgive, *both* parties can grow from their mistakes.

Even if the accusations are completely accurate, I don’t think we can eliminate the possibility that people change (Even if you only hear of the instances of false change). We tend to conflate humanizing the abuser with blaming the victim when they are not the same thing at all.

I think the most powerful lesson we can take from this (And apologies if you don’t like that this comes from my faith as a Christian, but I have to be honest) is that healing is possible (No matter how hard it may be to make happen), forgiveness doesn’t mean nothing happened: it is not a magic bandaid to make everything better, it is a chance to begin to let your own wounds heal (And they will, if you quit opening them up). Forgiveness does not commute consequences (Of course), it is not a material thing, it is an instrument of healing that, while it changes nothing about the other person or the event in question, allows you to accept that it happened, begin to let go of any bitterness toward the person who wronged you, and move forward (Moving on, to me, sounds a bit accusatory of the victim, I prefer to say forward).