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If you don’t believe in evolution, we can’t really be friends

September 6, 2011

This is a pretty bold statement, but one I’m okay with. I mean, I might as well get it out of the way now. You know, before I get too many readers and all. Perhaps I’ll only alienate a couple dozen people instead of hundreds or thousands…

Anyway, I’m watching the movie Religulous right now. It’s pretty funny, even though I don’t always agree with Bill Maher. And he’s asking people about evolution, and he’s getting a whole run-a-round about it. How there’s debate in the scientific community about the merits of evolution… and how not all scientists agree and… whatever.

But that’s not true. In fact, it’s a complete and outright lie. The facts of science – indeed ALL scientific inquiry that has been made – point to the same general conclusion. And that is that evolution by means of natural selection happened, is happening, and will continue to happen. End of story. The rest is details.

In fact, there is a greater consensus in the scientific community about the merits of evolution than there is in the Christian community about the merits of scripture – and it’s not close.

Oh and by the way, so as not to sound like a total douche bag, I do want to make clear that being religious is a fine way to live. Most people do it and have wonderful caring lives (so do most non-religious people too, of course). But being willfully ignorant of the absolute facts of the world we live in is just not alright. Sorry.

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  1. September 6, 2011 9:43 pm

    So. one time a guy tried to pick me up in a club. He said, “Do you believe in evolution?” I kind of looked at him like he was nuts, and he continued, “Well, Sistah, I don’t believe in evolution – I believe in REVOLUTION – because there ain’t no way you could’ve been an ape.”

    Not my kind of guy. But definitely the most original pickup line I’ve ever heard…


  2. liannebarile permalink
    September 8, 2011 3:40 am

    the thing is Jesus doesn’t offer religion he offers a personal relationship to each and everyone of us. He doesn’t force humans to accept Him cos He gave us freewill to choose. It’s not His loss it’s our loss if we don’t choose Him. As for evolution, it is man made. That’s the problem people don’t have faith anymore people don’t believe unless they see it. it’s already written in the Bible(whose author is God and not human). would you rather believe a human author that is not perfect or God who is perfect, all-knowing and Holy. It’s because people are ignorant about the Word that’s why we’re blinded by the world.


    • September 8, 2011 2:12 pm

      I understand your perspective, but what does any of that have to do with evolution? I’m not sure we’re even taking about the same thing.

      It is not my intention to question anyone’s religious convictions, but rather to assert that evolution is an undeniable fact of reality. Like gravity, or how the sun heats the earth. These things would still exist independent of our ability to perceive them.

      A personal relationship with Jesus, if that’s what you feel you have, is wonderful for you. So long as it helps you to be a good person, I think it’s just fine. But it has nothing to do with science. To assert otherwise is to deny the facts of the natural world entirely. And it’s not ok.


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