this will probably get me in trouble...
creationism and evolutionists, the eternal smackdown. the last sentence of the article is a little harsh (ouch) and rather spock-like, but overall, a good scientific piece that answers some questions. but, knowing my faith community, a silly little thing like scientific fact won't get in the way of ideas.
a while ago i met with other members of my church to discuss science and faith. i sat next to a christian physicist who works at fermilab. the others were surprisingly diverse in scientific opinion; one young woman outright called scientists 'godless' (which made my dinner companion choke on her pasta); another insisted that the bible was an accurate depiction of human history (i guess human history ends after revelation...) and there were a couple who were clearly uncomfortable with the idea of 'intelligent design.'
then there was me and some others who just shrugged. i have no problem with creation and evolution existing in the same space. creation - the initial spark from God that originated life. ok, i can totally deal with that. i believe that. scientific evolution as a part of natural development - totally no brain blip about that. why does one necessarily have to preclude the other?
is my faith really supposed to be shaken with the existence of the dinosaurs and cro-magnon man? that's just stupid.
someone asked that night if there was any new discovery that would shake what we believe and i said, aliens. if there are aliens, that would blow my mind, it would change everything. huh, i can believe in God but i can't believe in aliens...
anyway, isn't this whole matter moot since this conflict is really about separation of church and state?
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