Evolution


I bought my husband a t-shirt from the NCSE (National Center for Science Education) that says “”My ancestors spent 3.8 billion years evolving out of the primordial ooze and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” on the front and “Teach Evolution!” on the back.  He gets almost uniformly negative reactions from people here in Indiana, but when he wore it in Chicago he got nothing but positive responses.  Hmmm.

It amazes me that there is any controversy at all about evolution.  I fear things may be getting worse, not better.  I grew up in a conservative Southern Baptist church and there was no problem with accepting both the Biblical story of Genesis and evolution as being true.  Adam & Eve were explained as an allegory and/or evolution was described as God’s plan.  I know there are still plenty of religious people who don’t have a problem with evolution, but I’m concerned that a Gallup poll taken in December 2010 shows 40% of Americans believe “God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.”

How do you look at all the evidence that proves evolution on the one hand (everything we’ve found) and all the evidence that shows evolution didn’t happen (nothing) and think, “Oh, evolution is just a theory.  We didn’t evolve.”  Leaving aside the fact that many people don’t know the scientific definition of theory, how do they ignore all the proof?

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