Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Just because you're paranoid...

...doesn't mean they aren't out to get you.

I added the group feed to my BlogLines a while back, since I'd seen a couple interesting articles there on the evolution debate. I enjoy seeing the weird science fact of the day kind of chatter and some of the interesting thinking that goes on there, but like St Blogs tends to run far, far to the right of Catholicism (even practicing, educated Catholicism) as a whole, so ScienceBlogs seems to run very much in a secular/leftist rut. There are a huge number of posts about gay rights (and the idiocy of anyone who disagrees with them) and a fair number of "and here's another proof God doesn't exist" posts.

In a sense, it's a familiar frustration. As I think evolution describes the history of biological life on this planet better than 'creation science' or the Discovery Institute flavor of 'intelligent design', I occasionally end up over at Talk.Origins or Talk.Science, where there is indeed a lot of good info about the evolution debate. However, one must be careful in pointing Christians who are unsure about evolution in that direction, as a number of the people there often fall prey to various philosophic errors and go on to say that science evolution is true, Christianity clearly isn't.

While I'd assert that there is no incompatibility between biological evolution and Catholic theology, there are an awful lot of evolution enthusiasts who are very anti-Christian in their thinking -- which leads a number of Christians to assume: If those guys represent what evolution is, we need to be against it.

Ann Coulter seems to have gone hook-line-and-sinker for this line of thinking about evolution with her latest book, as Examined Life observers in a recent post. Even if one is very much against evolution, I must imagine Ann Coulter is not the spokesman one would wish for. And, of course, the folks at ScienceBlogs (who labor under the delusion that Coulter represents mainstream conservative thought) have jumped upon it as another proof that conservatism and Christianity are inherently creationist, irrational, and so forth.


John Farrell said...

Yes--Ann Coulter is over the top. Self-parody is putting it kindly.

CMinor said...

Kind of off-topic, but--
Do you know anything about the book Darwin on Trial? Somebody donated a copy to our parish library (which I am organizing.) I'm trying to decide what to do with it.