Evolution vs. Religion

The Religious right-wing as been pushing the false choice of Religion vs. Science for so long now that it is nearly universally accepted at reality.

“Nearly half (48 percent) of the public rejects the scientific theory of evolution; one-third (34 percent) of college graduates say they accept the Biblical account of creation as fact. Seventy-three percent of Evangelical Protestants say they believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years; 39 percent of non-Evangelical Protestants and 41 percent of Catholics agree with that view … Six in ten (62 percent) registered voters say they would not vote for a candidate who is an atheist. Majorities of each major party — 78 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats — rule out such an option … In the poll, 68 percent of respondents said they believed someone could be moral and an atheist, compared to 26 percent who said it was not possible.”

The idea that religious faith and Scientific honesty can’t coincide is absolutely ridiculous. But, Fundamentalists would never admit it. You don’t have to believe in the Biblical Creation story as “fact” to believe in a Christian God (or any other God). My Grandfather is a Southern Baptist Preacher and he firmly believes in Evolution and the fundamentals of science.

What isn’t possible is holding onto ideas about particulars of a faith that are clearly wrong. The earth isn’t flat, it wasn’t created only 10,000 years ago, and you can’t stick your head in the sand and pretend that Evolution doesn’t exist and still be able to call yourself intellectually honest. All of these elements of Christian Faith are either now, or have been in the past, a part of the dogma of the Religion. But, none of them are Fundamental to ones “Christianness”. If ones faith in an Almighty God is truly solid, then one will not shy away from reality, but instead will embrace it.

Whether we ever know for certain if there was a man called Jesus who walked around and preached won’t be able to tell us if he was or wasn’t “More than human”. And science will never be able to answer the question, “Is there a God?” These are Theological questions, Metaphysical questions. And they deserve a voice. But, confusing them with science is a sign of ignorance.

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