Thursday, November 19, 2009

Happy flippin' Anniversary, Darwin


Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Origin of Species and, in predictable fashion, the anti-evolutionists are coming out of the woodwork to make the most of it. Though I suppose its wishful thinking of my part to presume they’d ever vanished into the woodwork to begin with.

Living Waters, an evangelical Christian group, has altered more than 100,000 copies of Darwin’s famous book with their own introduction promoting Intelligent Design and defaming not only Darwin’s theory, but his character, apparently going so far as to make a connection between Darwin and Hitler. They plan to distribute the books on college campuses around the country. I suppose this would be akin to scientists trying to amend the Bible to include evolution-friendly passages in an effort to win over students. Assuming, of course, that evolution requires belief, which is doesn’t, any more than gravity requires belief.

What I fail to understand is this:

1) Why try to win followers through trickery? If you feel your worldview has merit, then let it stand on its own and don’t try to sell it as something it’s not.

2) If your whole philosophy is built on faith, why the need to manipulate science to support it?

3) Why do all Christian evangelicals have the same hair? Is there one stylist they all go to?

I know it’s pointless to ask these questions. I’ve seen too many drawn out debates on Intelligent Design vs. evolution that go on endlessly and ultimately go nowhere. In the end, no one is enlightened and no one is convinced of anything other than their own righteousness.

For a number of years I was fairly heavily involved in the movement to elect science-minded representatives to the Kansas State Board of Education (remember that debacle – when our fair state threatened to outlaw the teaching of evolution?). And while I suppose there is some sense of accomplishment in our state having tipped the balance of the board back in the direction of sanity, there is a sense of futility as well. For the battle continues to wage on every election cycle.

When I look at other democracies, I scratch my head. How is it that European nations have such a strong secular grounding while we are awash in holy-rollerhood? How is it that we can be such a wealthy country, built (ostensibly) on pluralism and individual freedoms, and yet be one breath away from theocracy (or so it seems, at times). I don’t get it.

Other than some mandatory excerpts in college, I’ve never actually read Origin of Species and probably never will. It’s a bit dry. I have read most of the Bible. While the plot line is dodgy in spots and the begats a little tedious, it’s a much more engaging read. But whatever your tastes, I don’t think it’s a good idea to mess with the classics.

Happy anniversary Charles, for what it's worth.


Bookmark and Share



2 comments:

  1. Hi - saw your comment on BlogCatalog and thought I'd stop by. This looks like a nice site - I'll be back.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Kristin - never feel it's pointless to ask questions about life's profound mysteries. There are some things we can know, and some we never be able to understand, but in the immortal words of Lyle Lovett, what would you be if you didn't even try.

    I have wondered myself for a long time about the similar hairstyles of evangelical Christians, especially those on television, but then I look at the more fundamental members of all religions, and conformity in grooming and dress is the rule across the Board.

    But, even knowing this, I puzzle no less over the pink and purple wash that Jan Crouch of TBN uses on her very big, very blond wigs.

    I've prayed about this, seeking deeper understanding, and feel that G*d keeps some mysteries to Himself.

    ReplyDelete

Mmmm, comments - nom, nom, nom, nom!

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails