When I was a child, Life on Earth and Cosmos were my two favourite shows on TV. Recently I saw DAvid attenborough's latest masterpiece. I watched David Attenborough's program and many of the sociological pieces fell into place as my company for the evening became ever increasingly uneasy at the "blasphemy" unravelling on the screen. I have long wondered at the vehemence of christians against evolutionary biologists, and at long last I think I understand it. Evolution by natural selection, in the minds of many of the christians and also muslims I have met in my life is anaethama to their faith. It unmakes their God. We now live in the twenty first century and I am amazed that world leaders in some countries have to espouse belief in a bronze age sky god of an ancient goat herding nomadic tribe in order to get elected. Decision makers like Sarah Palin "doing God's will" with Alaskan oil pipelines.
Interpretation of scripture, it seems, can be twisted to serve any purpose. There are many CEOs and polititians who do indeed use Genesis to justify wholsale rape of the land and profligate use of resources. Some opinion polls in America show that many christian Americans, about 40% in some states have no concern about the environment because they believe that they are living in "the end times" and the rapture is iminent. How silly.
Interpretation of the evidence for evolution however, leads to the elegent mechanism described by Darwin. There is the Fossil record, geological Science, molecular science, anthropology and evidence from many other branches of science that confirm that natural selection is indeed the way that species evolve. No deity necessary. Certainly the god of the bible, and almost certainly any deity man has ever created are an anachronism our species can leave behind.