A Big Thanks!
I am most grateful to David R Vinson, one of my readers, for generously purchasing me a copy of The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution by Sean B. Carroll. What a lovely surprise it was to receive that in the post - it went straight to the top of my reading list. And what a great read it is! Many, many thanks David, I am so grateful!
I'm not yet finished; I'm still enjoying the book, and thus far it has been a truly enlightening, fun and deeply informative read. Carroll manages to make complex matters understandable to 'interested lay' non-scientists like myself. Arguably it makes the case for descent with modification a too-tough-to-crack nut - a fact many dogmatic creationist conservatives are going to have to start to wake-up to.
It is no secret that I am now a convinced evolutionist. I explained some of my reasons here, if you remember. However, I was actually converted to Christ after listening to a tape on creationism by 'Answers in Genesis' Ken Ham, and I will always be grateful to him for that. 'Crikey', I thought, 'if the bible is scientifically true I can believe in Jesus'. Young people – I was about 16 then – tend not to be too strong at holding tensions and subtleties together. All or nothing. Either seven day creation or Jesus didn't rise from the dead. Mr Ham did me a service at that stage in my intellectual development and through him I came to saving faith in Christ. Hence I am reluctant to directly critique the content of his webpage. Though this article almost provoked a somewhat ungracious poke once upon a time.
My interest in evolution and creationism thus goes deep. This morning I watched a Penn and Teller show debunking Creationism (watch the video here) and I'm now starting to nevertheless think that a 'kid gloves' approach to creationism needs to change amongst responsible theologians. We need to start standing up for truth instead of taking peace measures with the damaging rhetoric of 'young earthers' and the like; we need to vigorously point out the biblical and scientific flaws in creationist argumentation until the message is clear that there are plenty of us evangelicals who are joyfully committed to the authority and inspiration of scripture but are nevertheless deeply convinced by evolutionary theory.
OK, I'm actually not so convinced that will help dyed-in-the-wool creationists, but it sure felt good to write that last sentence.
Oh, and do have a look at this blog if you are interested in such matters.
While on a related subject, from early on dinosaurs always fascinated me. This television series is one of my favourites. Enjoy. And thanks again, David!Artwork from www.disinterestedparty.com