Friday, January 27, 2006

I ran across this letter from clergymen opposing the teaching of Intelligent Design, henceforth known as the God Dun It™ Theory. "We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as Â?one theory among othersÂ? is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children," it reads in part. Can't argue with that.

While discussing this with a buddy, we both agreed that Evolution is a fact. Some bacteria have developed immunity to penicillin. They have evolved to be resistant. During the Industrial Revolution in England, white moths disappeared as soot from factories coated trees concealing dark moths from predators. Evolution haoccurreded.

Over at the Dilbert Blog, Scott Adams wrote, "IÂ?m told that if you donÂ?t believe that mammals evolved from lower life forms youÂ?d be a crappy microbiologists. Every time you observed some viruses acquiring immunity you would stop working on a vaccine and sacrifice your first born son."

I feel sorry for God Dun It™ folks. Their God is limited. He is incapable of creating a universe thataccommodateodate evolution. There's comfort in His limitations. An apple falls from a tree? God Dun It™! It rains? Can't predict it, 'cause God Dun It™! A virulent disease becomes immune to antibiotics? God Dun It™! 2+2=4? God Dun It™! Overslept and missed work? "God didn't wake me." (Employee didn't believe in alarm clocks and thought a higher power would wake her when she was ready.) You don't have to learn to expect or do anything. You don't have to learn to think beyond the "got to pee" stage because, well, God Dun It™.

My God, on the other hand, is all powerful. He can create natural laws. He can create evolution. While we can observe evolution, there are still mysteries. And, He is so powerful that His universe has existed for trillions of years. Not just 6000.

Everytime science discovers something new, I am amazed by God's power, and the complexity of His universe.



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