Well, yeah. That's because that guy is an ignoramus, not because evolution is false.
I believe in evolution because I got tired of the anti-intellectual arguments and answering hard questions with "Well, God just _____." Case in point: Starlight. Rather than sit to contemplate the implications of starlight from celestial bodies millions of light-years away, frantic shoehorning answers immediately come forth from people who have no real answers. I've seen entire alternate theories of photon emission and travel formulated around this to ensure that somehow the millions of light years fit into 6-10 thousand years of creation. Even worse, I've had people argue that God created light on its way from those galaxies so we could enjoy the view (paraphrased), or even that such a discovery would test our faith.
...seriously. I mean, if God is going to create a world in which the universe is trying to trick us, I'm so done with religion. Evolution isn't even a belief system I had to come to terms with, either. It's just an explanation of, among many other things, how we got here. I don't understand why there is such a stigma against scientific thought among fundamentalists, but there is almost a pride in ignorance. I hate it so much when creationism and evolution are compared as if they are theories with equal merit, and there's so much insistence that each requires the same amount of faith.
I can already hear the protest:
"Well, evolutionists reject ideas that don't fit evolution, ChickenSoup! You can't argue that creationists reject ideas that don't fit their predetermined conclusions--it's hypocrisy!"
No. No it isn't. Evolution can and should be challenged, as aspects of it will eventually be shown to be inherently flawed. What so many people don't get is that science readily accepts that; it's just that it's our best current understanding. We update that understanding with research. What creationists tend not to understand is that creationism is not a valid challenge to evolution. What creationists suggest, from the standpoint of an evolutionist, is that we throw out data we can readily observe and replace it with "God did it." It isn't wrong to reject that assertion... because it is a stupid assertion.
"Well, yeah, but you should see some of those evolutionist scientists, ChickenSoup. They get really angry--it's like they're defensive. HMM, IS THEIR THEORY BASED ON A SHAKY FOUNDATION? ERMAGERD ILLUMINATI HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED ETC"
No, they're tired of having to have this discussion for the twentieth time in a field they're passionate about because religious people insist they get an equal say. This semester, I studied neuroanatomy under a brilliant physical therapist who also has a Ph.D in human anatomy. He, too, is a Christian, and together we drank excellent beer and discussed the numerous observable patterns in the development of the human body that make evolutionary sense. It was amazing, and the end of it all, it didn't make a difference as to whether or not God designed it to develop that way. For both of us, that was the "why," so to speak, whereas evolution of some kind over a longer period than six literal days was a mechanism. I mean, I don't know, God operates outside of time ("a days is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day," and all that), so I'm not sure it even matters in the grand scheme of things. Regardless, I get so frustrated that I can't discuss half of what I learn in school in a proper way with some of my friends, who frequently ask me questions related to the human body.
"Matt, why is our sense of smell linked with memory? I always heard that, and I know that when I smell apple pie, I think of my grandma."
"Because the olfactory sense is closely linked to the limbic system, which is largely responsible for memory (and many other things)."
"Oh. I wonder why that is."
"Well, the current understanding goes that the olfactory sense is one of the more primal, if you will, and first senses to develop. Likewise, the limbic system is a pretty old part of the brain. Since we kind of learn through the limbic system, it'd be important, like 'hey I smell a predator, oh geez I need to leave'."
"Old? Like, we have a limbic lobe first when we're young...?"
"No, I mean like in terms of our species history, and even before that."
"You mean like evolution?"
"YOU believe in evolution?"
"Never mind, forget I answered the scientific question you asked."
"You know, God could just have designed our smell to be linked to memory. It doesn't make a difference."
"I didn't say that He didn't. And you're right, it probably doesn't make a difference."
"You said it was evolutionary thing!"
"It doesn't have to be one or the other."
"BUT IF THAT CHAPTER OF GENESIS ISN'T 100% LITERAL THAN THE WHOLE BIBLE IS INVALIDATED BECAUSE AW;OHGI;HGA;KGHJ;ALK53YH;KL4TJH;4OTHJ;AOTIHJ"
...at which point I slowly back away. Anyway, this is about 100 miles over the border into "rant" territory, and can be considered my formal, ah, "Coming Out" in support of evolution. I can only say that I'm so, so happy with myself and my faith now. I don't have to ignore evidence, I don't have to lie to myself about what adds up and what doesn't, and I can actively study and work in the scientific realm with many like-minded individuals. I don't know about you guys, but I never had the stereotypical atheist professor stand up in biology class and denounce Christianity and all it stands for. Evolution vs. Creation was mentioned maybe twice in the four years of undergrad, and evolution is brought up in a developmental sense (that is, an explanation of why certain patterns appear in our bodies) in my graduate studies of the human body. There's no debate, there's no controversy, there's no willing blindedness or ignorance. It's satisfying, it's rich, and it does justice to our reasoning and intellect without alienating the religious among us. In fact, I'd be willing to wager that more professors at my graduate university are Christian than in my undergraduate institution.
I don't care who disagrees here, but I think the world is even more amazing to me than it was when I believed in a 6-day creation. To me, it's like God took a painstaking process of millions of years, colliding neutron stars here and there, gathering denser and denser elements, as if preparing a perfect recipe for life. We were made from the dust of the ground, as Genesis said, and that dust came from the remnants of cycle after cycle of detonating stars. We are the final product of a meticulous and orchestrated movement of the entire universe, a work of love billions of years in the making and placed into an unfathomably beautiful world. The very rocks cry out in worship as they tell of the wondrous process of how we came into being.
That is a creation story I can fall in love with.
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