|Aardvark - I'm struggling a little here as I just had eye surgery. I find nothing to disagree with. Number seven is fascinating as it could be interpreted in so many ways. For example, turning argument into discussion can slowly lead back to argument, which may be no more productive than the first argument. There may be an underflow of hostility covered by what seems to pass for civilized discussion on the surface. What you meant is important but more importantly is the questions it leads to and how suppositions stand the test of time, I think. It was a fascinating statement. I'm sure one skilled in rhetoric would have a field day with seven whith out disagreeing with the original statemement.
12. As for the good old days, I just think about a root canal without anesthesiea. Or an extraction in which one tooth root is not only infected, but curved, so it had to be dug out. I've heard the pain issue was dealt with by loud music; so no one could hear the patient. A practical point only, perhaps, but I need to get to bed and havent time to talk about legal systems only Adolf Hitler could imagine. Oh, and some time ago I dated a girl who spent her early years in an 'internment' facility born an American citizen, a child and basically locked up. Who could blame Mr. Roosevelt? Times were tough.
14. A cursory reading of the Old Testament reveals that God, in whom I believe, never does things the easy way. He could have sent the living baby Jesus to Mary, already weaned and accompanied by Seraphim. Did he? Read. It's in the Book. And department stores.
Would he be satisfied with zap, there's a world, zap, theres animals, zap theres people and dinasours and pterodactyls, etc. Note the detail of DNA and mitochondrial RNA he went into in those first few chapters. No, I believe everything comes from God, but for some reason he likes to sit around and whatch it all develop. And why not? What else has he got to do? Go to meical school and study anatomy? You disagree? If I were a lawyer ( now there's a system I'll bet he gets a kick out of), would I point to Job, or the fatted calf guy, Moses in the bullrushes, the list goes on and on. Who wrote the first few chapters of Genesis anyway. Sure were a lotta begats after that, and no one had word processors, then, I think.
Anyway, I think you have arrived at the wisdom a mature sensible person should have obtained. I give you a 6. Or is it 5. I need to get some sleep.