We cant have that many idiots out there in science. That's just not possible. So for a Christian to point their finger at scientists and say "you're wrong," without having any understanding what [the scientists] are talking about is laughable. They have to understand where scientists are coming from. They have to understand: This is the data, this is what we have, now can you make sense of that with the Bible? The fact of the matter is that most atheists and evolutionists are more educated on the theology of the bible and Christianity than anti-evolution Christians are on the science of evolution. Being generally scientifically-minded, the average atheist and evolutionist takes in a concept before outright rejecting it. Its in the way we work. We don't take things blindly like the Christian.
At the same time, we who love science must realize that the enemy of our enemies is our friend. Too often evolutionists spend time insulting would-be allies. This is especially true of secular evolutionists. Atheists spend more effort running down sympathetic Christians than they do countering creationists. When John Paul II wrote a letter endorsing Darwinism, Richard Dawkins's response was simply that the pope was a hypocrite, that he could not be genuine about science and that Dawkins himself simply preferred an honest fundamentalist. This was just plain stupid. Traditional Christians hate biblical literalism as much as atheists do more, in fact, because it sullies their religion. Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt did like Stalin and Communism. But in fighting Hitler they realized they had to work with the Soviet Union. Evolutionists of all kinds must likewise work together to fight creationism: Dont ignore differences, but dont make them a reason for inaction. I'm actually a bit torn on this whole issue, and I need to explore it a bit more. I have had minor contact with Professor Ruse after reading his piece in Playboy. I agree that converting all Christians to the realm of theistic evolution may be a step in the right direction. I also think I may agree with Dawkins in that Id much rather prefer an honest fundamentalist.
Darwinian evolution is mainstream science. In countries like the U.K., France and Canada, this is accepted as the norm. I grew up in England; I got evolution. My kids grew up in Canada; they got evolution. The United States is different. Survey after survey shows that intelligent-design theorists are preaching to the choir. More than half the nations citizens believe evolution is false This country's founding for religious freedom may just have been the worst thing ever, for it fostered the development of unrestricted fundamentalism which has scarily become the norm.