Hello. My name is Tom, and I'm a recovering young earther.
I grew up a young earth creationist. Along with this belief came a whole culture of religion where I was happy, had beautiful friends, and a world that had direction and meaning. I took up the study of evolution to challenge my faith and to adequately challenge evolutionists. What I found was that evolutionary theory made sense!
My world turned upside down.
For the fundamentalist, even though there is a degree of picking and choosing which parts of the bible really do apply, the creation story was not to be tampered with. Even if it wasn't a literal 6 day creation and the earth was a million years old, God still created us in His image, right? But evolution says that all creatures grew out of pond scum.
Which do I more likely want to believe?
Option 1 sounds good. It has the answer already in place. You accept it, live it, and enjoy it. End of story. And you can bet people are going to want to protect that.
- That I am a hand-crafted person by the creator of all the universe and that He has a master plan for me filled with love and meaning forever.
- I am the agglomeration of molecules that have occurred through random, naturally cooperative and competitive interactions and these molecules have been able to develop systems to form ever-more complex structures and to replicate themselves.
Option 2 sounds empty, hopeless, and meaningless.
Monday, 17 September 2007
This is a fascinating debut posting from an interesting blog.