Joined: Sep. 2006
Whenever anyone asserts that evolution requires atheism, I just laugh.
I became an atheist long before I heard of evolution, and before I did I went through (no sniggering, people) an “ancient astronauts” phase (I was twelve! Okay?). I remember giving that up as absurd and not knowing what the story of our origins was, and being initially skeptical about evolution (as I was about everything by then).
Undergoing that rootlessness and search was a lot of fun, actually; I think that I thrive on uncertainty, and that’s probably rare, and I don’t expect other people to be like me in that respect. I don’t think evolutionary theory will collapse but even if it were to, I would just be in that position again. And that would be fun again.
Despite my enthusiasm for the subject I don’t have my personal identity wrapped up in theories about our origin. People like Wells do and that’s their problem. What I really enjoy is the process of learning, and there are some very important questions that need to be asked, but “Goddidit” isn’t an answer, even if God did it. As my beloved high chemistry teacher said (and he was a devout Christian), “If any of you put down ‘God’ as an answer on a test, you’ll flunk. And if God takes my test and puts down ‘God’ as an answer, he’ll flunk too.”
Which came first: the shimmy, or the hip?
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"I happen to think that this prerequisite criterion of empirical evidence is itself not empirical." - Clive
"Damn you. This means a trip to the library. Again." -- fnxtr