I didn’t get to do the post I had planned today, but I thought I would still put this out there for those interested in a good read. As a science lover, I found the Financial Times’ recent (a very delayed “recent”: November 24, 2007) article on “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Science” to be a fantastic write up: well summarized and very profitable for those who would like to know the fundamentals about the “science stuff” they hear about but haven’t read up on themselves.
Before we go any further, I should say this: Yes, the article includes Evolution — in fact, it’s the first of the ten things they expound upon. But, frankly, I do think that a well-rounded education is going to include the biggest scientific theories of our day, and it’s hard to find one as big as Evolution in terms of its sweeping impact. Do I agree with all of the assumptions and conclusions of the Evolutionary theory? No. If you are a frequent reader of this blog, then you already know that. Evolution and Scripture are not 100% compatible (Dr. Francis Collins and other theistic evolutionists notwithstanding), and popular Evolutionists claim more ground than they have earned. But much of my disagreement with the theory is rooted in my knowledge of it, not in my ignorance, and I think that makes a big difference. At least it does to me!
[Actually, there is a good deal of good science that is lumped under the (very) broad category of “Evolution” that is true, and it is helpful to know what those things are. I find this similar to the misunderstanding that arises when I tell someone that I don’t believe that God is a “Trinity” and they then assume that I do not believe in the deity of Jesus. But that’s another story…]
Well-meaning people make poor arguments against Evolution all the time — like, “Why don’t we see any monkeys turning into people?” Comments like that are, in the end, self-defeating and show a lack of understanding about what Evolutionists claim. The fact is that Evolutionism is one of the dominant faiths of our time, and a good working knowledge of it–its assumptions, claims, and “evidence”–is, in my estimation, a must for those who wish to discuss it intelligently in today’s society, adherent and critic alike. And for those who would like a primer, the Financial Times article (while taking Evolution’s “truth” as a given) does an excellent job in summarizing the theory cleanly, including some of the challenges currently facing its adherents.
I didn’t mean to make this an “Evolution post.” “What are the other nine items?” you ask… Read the article and see! — “Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Science” (I don’t think this link requires a subscription, but tell me if I am wrong. Also, I haven’t checked to see if the online version is s thorough as the print version, but after a quick glance it seems to be.)
Have a great Sabbath!