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Interesting comments, all. As an academic librarian, I believe in the importance of education. One of my recent tasks is updating the books in our community college library, trying to make sure the science areas are more current than 1999.

I do not disdain religion, nor spirituality, but I don't think the Genesis story can be taken as proof that Darwin was wrong, and vice versa. Why can't science and religion/myth coexist, since both speak to different areas of the human psyche?

Fundamentalism in any religion is dangerous, just as bigotry in any political system is the same. Our hope for the future lies, I think, in educating the young with all viewpoints-- and, of course, the facts.
The writer Edmund Gosse wrote a book about his father and himself, and how the father (although a clergyman) attempted to make a bridge of sorts between "creationism" from the Book of Genesis, and the Darwinian - Wallace theory of Evolution. Rev. Gosse proposed that God purposely, after creating the world in the seven days, made a trail of fossilized evidence to give mankind a background that the evolution theory would fill in as to how life began. The Reverend was confused when nobody appeared willing to accept his proposal, his fellow clergymen pointing out that it was absurd to think God would purposely lie in this manner to satisfy the very attempts at "eating at the tree of knowledge" by mannkind that he initially insisted upon preventing in the story of the Garden of Eden. It was an interesting try though.
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