You’ve heard me talk about that fact that I live with a card carrying anthropologist, right? I know I have. It is a curse and a gift wrapped up into a giant 6’4″ package that calls himself the eventual ruler of the world. Moreover, he just proclaims that things will be different when he rules the world. One such thing that will change when my husband takes over is the teaching of evolution. Oh for the love of gawd don’t get him started. Because if you think that this is a soap box, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet.
I was driving the boy to his school (at our church) one day and I noticed the reader board for a different church. This isn’t so out of the ordinary since I have a deluded notion that God speaks to me through church reader boards. Please don’t think less of me. Anyway… the church reader board said
Evolution is a religion not a science.
This same church’s reader board says “Marriage is one man and one woman” this week. Let’s not even go there.
Before I get all ranty and stuff let’s review the basics of evolution as I was taught in my own basic anthropology classes.
Evolution is the change in inherited traits of a population from generation to generation. It is NOT, in its basic form, adaptation. Traits are expressed as genes that are copied and passed on to offspring via reproduction. Don’t believe me? Look at your own biological children. They are part you and part the other person (whether this be your husband, wife or whatever). The change happens when a gene that is passed from one generation to the next mutates. Eww there’s an icky word for those non-evolutionary types. Mutation. Face it folks it’s a fact of life. The giraffe’s neck isn’t long because of adaptation. The giraffe’s neck is long because somewhere along the way a mutation occurred allowing the giraffe to eat the food way up high and that mutated giraffe passed those genes on to subsequent offspring resulting in an eventual population of giraffes that could eat the available food. Wow! Look at those two brain cells that I have left rub together at lightening speed.
Now you are caught up to speed about what is taught in basic Anthropology 101.
So you get these non-evolution type people proclaiming that evolution is a theory and not real scientific fact. It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck just to look at my husbands Bachelor’s degree. It is a Bachelor’s of Arts in Anthropology. Not a Bachelor’s of Science. Anthropology is still considered an art. However, I’m not here to debate the art or science of anthropology. I’m here to say that evolution is not a religion it is a scientific fact.
While the Wiki defines religion as, “A religion is a set of common beliefs and practices generally held by a group of people, often codified as prayer, ritual, and religious law,” and I find that definition to be true for evolution, it is much more than that.
Evolution and the process thereof is based in scientific fact. Many who dispute evolution’s validity never took the time to study Darwin’s vast work on a variety of birds from the Galapagos Islands. Granted, few of us have time to sit down and read the very dry and horribly technical “On the Origin of the Species.” I will admit to not reading it myself. The trusty husband has browsed bits.
But if you are still a firm un-believer in evolution take the common bacterial infection. You get sick. You go to the doctor and 9 times out of 10 the doc is going to do whatever he can to not give you antibiotics. Why is that? Because the over use of antibiotics is essentially creating the super virus (or bacteria).? Bacteria mutates and becomes resistant to the antibiotics so scientists have to come up with new ones which the bacteria resists too.? That folks, is evolution at its best.
So you, church billboard you, don’t go telling me that you don’t believe in evolution.? Pull your head out of your proverbial Bible thumping ass and watch it right before your eyes.