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Re: The World in a Beer Glass


Fred, thanks so much for the link to your questions and answers on the Scopes Trial — nice work. But leaving aside the substantive argument as to whether Darwin is or is not compatible with the God of the Bible, I wanted only to establish that it was reasonable for Bryan to claim that they are not, given that many Darwinians today say as much. Even if you think the position is wrong, it is reasonable. The general view of the Scopes Trial has been that all thinking beings know that Darwin and God are perfectly compatible and that Bryan was an ignoramous for saying otherwise. But he has been amply vindicated by subsequent discussion. And according to a statistic cited by David Berlinski in The Devil’s Delusion, only 18 percent of people who accept Darwin’s theory think that evolution is guided by a supreme being.   


Also, to bring in higher ed, here’s a tidbit from the University of California Museum of Paleontology website’s step-by-step presentation of the theory of evolution, titled Evolution 101:

It is important to remember that:

1. Humans did not evolve from chimpanzees. Humans and chimpanzees are evolutionary cousins and share a recent common ancestor that was neither chimpanzee nor human.

2. Humans are not “higher” or “more evolved” than other living lineages. Since our lineages split, humans and chimpanzees have each evolved traits unique to their own lineages.

No doubt this is why the Hall of Mammals at DC’s natural-history museum features a big sign saying, “Come meet your relatives”!


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