I’ve mentioned in this blog before my belief that evolution and religion are not mutually exclusive. To support this point, I quote from a letter signed by more than 12,000 Christian clergy from the leadership of Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, and Presbyterian denominations, among others:
“We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. … [T]he theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth…. To reject this truth or to treat it as ‘one theory among others’ is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance … We believe that among God’s good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. … We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.”
What they are saying is that God gave us the ability to reason and think and to not use that ability is an insult to God, just as not using our sense of morality would be.
Christian fundamentalists claim that there is a war being waged by the liberal media, backed by president Obama, to subvert and destroy Christianity in this country by promoting the teaching of evolution in our schools. The real war is being waged by the fundamentalists and their proxies, the Republican party and Fox News, and it is a war against science and rational, critical thinking.
Our country has already lost too much of it’s technological and scientific leadership to Asia and Europe. It was the United States, with it’s emphasis on science and technology that lead the world into the 21st century with astounding advancements in medicine, electronics, physics, and computers. In the past 10 years, we have lost that edge due to huge cuts in science spending and a fundamentalist political agenda.
The sooner that we realize as a nation that religion and science can peacefully coexist, the sooner we can gain back our position of technological and scientific leadership in the world. Failure to do so will result in our becoming a nation that will be forced to rely on other countries to make the discoveries and create the technology that we will need to stay competitive in the world.