Scripture is false, God is imaginary and misplaced faith stands to ruin the planet.

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.

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Comment by Moonbeam on February 15, 2009 at 1:13pm
@ CJ: I know it's tempting to leave, I've thought about that too, but if people like us go there will definitely be no hope of changing things and they will win. I'm sure the fundies would love it if all the atheists left. We've got a good start, with the constitution and legal system that we have; at least we've got that much, which is better than a lot of places.

@Dallas: That's true, and another similarity between religion and racism is that altho they claim it is true and obvious, they also need a lot of rules and regulations to keep things the way they want them--which proves that it's not so self-evident after all.
Comment by cj the cynic on February 14, 2009 at 8:53pm
Great post. 22% of Americans believe that jesus will "return" to Earth within 50 years, and another 22% believe jesus will probably "return" within 50 years. I need to get out of the US. I wonder if Canada will have me.
Comment by MaleficVTwin on February 14, 2009 at 7:47pm
Not just ignorant, but willfully so. Good post, Marcus. :)
Comment by Moonbeam on February 14, 2009 at 7:44pm
Yes X 3. It sucks that our country is one of the most ignorant of the developed nations in this area.



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