Darwin Awards

darwinCharles Darwin was born 200 years ago today (as was Abraham Lincoln) and I can’t help but wonder what Darwin would think about the ongoing controversy about evolution.  According to a recent Gallup poll, only 39% of people polled believe in evolution.  Those with more education tend to be believers and there’s a correlation between how often you attend church and your belief in evolution.

One of my pet peeves is hearing someone dismiss Darwin’s work by claiming it to be only a “theory.”  If you do not understand that there is more than one definition of the word, please click on the link so you will understand the difference between a scientific theory and your crazy drunk uncle’s theory about UFOs appearing during Obama’s inauguration.  Big difference, dude.

So given the above, I was pleasantly surprised on my way home from work yesterday when I heard an interesting piece on npr about some fundamentalist preachers who believe in evolution and don’t see any conflict between evolution and belief in God.

The following exchange from this spot made me chuckle:

His views haven’t made him popular among his fellow ministers. He recalls that when one colleague heard about his views, he began to “witness” to Green.

“He felt like maybe I wasn’t a Christian,” Green says, laughing. “And he said, ‘Well, Henry, if you change your mind, you’d have a lot of friends.’ And I looked at him and said, ‘Jim, I don’t need your friendship that bad.'”

I find it refreshing when people think for themselves instead of having all their beliefs spoon fed to them.

Considering the buffoonery taking place in Washington these days, treat yourself by spending some time reading about the winners and nominees of the Darwin Award.

And Happy Birthday, Chuck.

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