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One of the truly great insights and gifts of a sacred evolutionary worldview is coming to understand the nature of human language. For example, we now know that there is always at least one factual, literal, day language, way of speaking about something and innumerable meaningful, religious, night language, ways of speaking about the very same thing, process, event, or relationship. This realization alone goes a long way toward bridging science and religion, and understanding religious differences.
Yesterday I received an email from a Christian who rejects evolution and considers himself a "young-earth creationist". This happens quite regularly, of course, and invariably I'm asked, "What evidence do you see for evolution?"
I usually begin my reply along these lines:
That's me in the center--and I am standing to my full 6-foot height. I was more than happy to be outflanked (and decidedly outranked!) by my two companions: the 2006 Nobel Prize winners in Physics and in Physiology/ Medicine: John Mather (Chief Scientist at NASA) on the left and Craig Mello on the right.
Craig had invited me to attend a special program that he and John were offering at the Library of Congress: "On the Origins of Life and the Universe". Even though Connie and I were in Scottsdale, Arizona at the time, how could I say no? I flew to Washington, D.C.--and boy, am I glad that I did!
Connie, my science writer wife, and I have lived entirely on the road since April 2002. Some people think of us as homeless. From one perspective, that is true: we don't have a home. But from another point of view, we have dozens and dozens of homes. You see, we are able to sustain our itinerant lifestyle and evolutionary evangelistic ministry only because of the generosity of those who invite us into their home—and at times and locations that track our schedule of speaking events.
When we arrive at a new residence, we usually turn the guest room into a makeshift office. We set up our portable tables and lap-top computers there. Almost always, we choose to sleep in our van, which we call Angel. We have a bed built into Angel, above the storage bins. As our van is the one constant in our lives, we actually prefer to sleep there—no matter how lovely the guest bedroom—unless, of course, it is brutally hot or cold at night. Right now,...
Hello and thank you for visiting ThankGodforEvolution.com! I'm thrilled you are here. No matter what your background or beliefs, you are in for a treat.
I can't even begin to express how excited I am (blown away, actually) by the overwhelming response generated by the pre-publication galleys of Thank God for Evolution that were sent out to thought leaders in June. There's obviously a hunger in America and beyond for a credible, bridge-building perspective that can inspire realistic hope among evangelicals, atheists, and everyone in between.
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