In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and a big, steaming pile of controversy.
For decades, a battle for survival has raged in the arena of public opinion, with religious fundamentalists on one side, scientists on the other and pretty much everyone else caught in the middle. The battle is — supposedly — over evolution, or Darwinism, or “atheism,” or whatever else you may choose to call it.
While the evolution side has gained much ground in recent decades, we at God of Evolution think the battle is not yet won.
Not in a country where 46 percent of people still reject the overwhelming scientific consensus on the origins of human life. Not in a country where states continue to pass or uphold laws allowing the teaching of creationism or intelligent design materials in public schools. Not in a country where a Christian organization is raising $24.5 million — not to dig wells for poor villages in Africa — but to build a full-size model of Noah’s ark in Kentucky, even though the scientific community soundly dismisses the global flood hypothesis, and the whole ark-theme-park idea is a pretty lame one overall.
No, the war is not yet won, it has merely shifted — and the new battlegrounds are the churches of America. Despite the facts that public support for antievolutionist views is shrinking, and most every established denomination has expressed openness to Darwin’s theory, rejection of mainstream science remains incredibly high in evangelical Christian circles and some polls suggest those numbers are growing.
This is the audience GOE was designed for. We are evangelical Christians who love Jesus and the church. We want to help our brothers and sisters see there is no need to shrink away from exploring the universe God made, and we want to give a voice to the 25 percent or so of us who are already there.
If you agree this issue still matters, or if you agree with this site’s mission (or if you hate us and everything we stand for), let us know. In any case, thanks for reading.