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CHRISTCHURCH MAIL, NOVEMBER 1, 2012
Many people assume that Christians
are opposed to scientific discoveries like
evolution. This is not true. I think
we need to look at evolution and God
not being in conflict with one another but
as complimentary. An example may help
explain how I see things.
A painting can be explained in different
ways. One way is to look at the distribution
of chemicals on the canvass which reflect
light in different ways giving the picture
that we see. Certain chemicals reflect
different colours, and how those chemicals
are applied will add further variation.
The painting is created by the distribution
of these chemicals. But the painting is just
as much created by the painter who has a
plan behind how the chemicals are applied.
We can describe the painting purely in
chemical or scientific terms or we can
describe it in terms of the artist and his or
her intentions in the artistic design.
This second way speaks to me of the
religious truth in the world. These are
two different but non contradictory ways
of explaining the same thing, and we need
both if we are to live satisfying lives.
Reason and observation tells me that
evolution occurs and science will tell us
much about the mechanisms that govern
this process. My faith tells me that
God governs the whole process.
Through faith I choose to believe God is at
work in the mechanism of evolution and
in the refinements of this process that
science will inevitably
reveal. It is God the
Creator who gives
meaning to the blind
mechanisms of science.
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Kiwis shy about
By RICHARD MEADOWS
The majority of New Zealanders
believe they would be a lot happier if it
was easier to talk about their finances
but are not putting that into practice.
Westpac's general manager of marketing
and customer experience, Martine Jager
They want to but are hesitant
Bashful Kiwis' ingrained fear of talking about
money is having a dire impact on their
finances, a new survey shows.
Westpac Bank's survey of 700 people
found only 4 per cent believed the average
New Zealander understands how to manage
It also showed that the reluctance to talk
about money has not improved across
Fifty-one per cent of respondents did not
talk about money or financial planning
when they were growing up and 50 per cent
still avoid discussing money matters as a
The behaviours learned at an early age
had repercussions later in life, with only
about a third of those surveyed confident in
dealing with money matters.
Almost two-thirds were experiencing
financial difficulties daily, weekly or monthly
and 69 per cent thought being just able to
pay the bills constituted financial security.
Westpac's general manager of marketing
and customer experience, Martine Jager,
said schools, parents and community groups
all had a share of the responsibility to
''I think in generations past, there were
moments when people wouldn't have
talked about religion either, as overtly as
they do now, or politics,'' she said.
Westpac chief executive Peter Clare said
New Zealanders were renowned for being
''straight shooters'', but that did not
translate to money matters.
''The majority of New Zealanders believe
they would be a lot happier if it was easier
to talk about their finances but are not
putting that into practice,'' he said.
The survey identified some reasons why
people were reluctant to talk about
finances. It was a private matter to 57 per
cent and 44 per cent said people struggling
with money would be too embarrassed to
ask for help.
But Clare said that embarrassment came
at a cost.
''Opportunities to financially learn and
grow are being wasted,'' he said.
''Whatever the topic, talking about it and
asking questions helps create knowledge
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