Monday, February 20, 2006

Ten Thousand Clergy Endorse Evolution

The courts have struck down teaching Intelligent Design (ID) in public school science classes, however that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Its proponents are likely just regrouping and preparing a different strategy. Scholars in both the scientific and religious circles agree that evolution has been tested and accepted as a viable explanation to our existence. A letter speaking out against ID has been sponsored by a retired pastor/professor and signed by more than 10,000 other clergy. Still the majority of not-so-scholarly religious people see evolution as a threat to their security. The average church member has heard sermons hailing that the evil atheists are trying to eliminate god from the world. This is not the case. Atheists are not evil; they simply don’t believe there is enough evidence to support the claim of a supernatural omniscient creator. There is a multitude of evidence that supports the evolution theory, and it has been studied, reviewed and changed by the presentation of new evidence all the time. You could say that the evolution theory evolves as new evidence is discovered. This is the basis for science and should be taught as a good thing in schools. We should not be teaching children that a huge controversy exists between scholars about evolution. It simply isn’t true. Only uneducated and bias zealots with an agenda to propel their beliefs into our government scoff at evolution. Read today’s article from CNN.

On another note: My blog surpassed the 1000 hit mark today! Thanks to all who have read and commented.


Blogger Deedee said...

I can remember when I was in catholic school, in our religion class and we discussed the Adam and Eve portion of the bible. It must've been about 7th grade, so I was probably 13. I DISTINCTLY remember the priest telling the entire class that even he was taught that it was a "faith story," as he put it.

I think those who do beleive in evolution have been around for a long time, but those who beleive in "intelligent design" or whatever they choose to name it, are louder. It's about time they came forward.

Monday, February 20, 2006 9:06:00 PM  
Blogger JDHURF said...

Good signs these are!

For I while I had less of a grudge against the catholic church for Pope John Paul II accepted evolution but now Benedict (the nazi pope….and I’m not kidding he was a Hitler youth, look it up) calls evolution a scientific folly furthered by godless atheists….which is redundant for one. Any clergy member or religionists that does not reject or attack science is taking a step in the right direction and providing a much needed example for other religionists.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger Random-witticism said...

What bothers me most about this whole ongoing issue is that the theists only want to attack evolution. I've said this before in other places, but i'll say it again: Modern physics refute the genesis stories as well. So does the theory of plate tectonics. And you don't need to read far into modern geology to discover that there isn't enough water on planet earth to support the flood story. You don't need to be a biologist to know that a man couldn't survive inside a 'great fish' and so on and so on. Theists are peeing on their own shoes by trying to mix faith and science. These two entities are diametrically opposed. Science by its very nature is too reliable to refute in absolute terms and faith loses all meaning when you try to support it with "evidence". I wish folks could just let this one rest. It's such a ridiculous argument.
Imagine the leaps that humanity could make in our understanding of our world if only the zealots weren't given such credibility.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 3:27:00 PM  
Blogger Rusko Elvenwood said...

Yeah, I thought it was interesting that so many clergy signed the letter in support of evolution. I think its a giant step in the right direction. There is a poll in Skeptical Inquirer that suggests that fewer people today accept evolution than 10 years ago. We all need to start to turn this around. There is a group of scientists that are trying to re-educate the masses on this subject. I hope it works.

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Thursday, February 23, 2006 8:30:00 AM  

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