Sunday, November 13, 2011

From: Cynical-C
"After some 30 years of proselytizing about evolution to Christian believers, [Francisco J. Ayala] the esteemed evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Irvine, has honed his arguments to a fine point. He has stories and examples at the ready, even a shock tactic or two at his fingertips. One out of five pregnancies ends in spontaneous miscarriage, he often reminds audiences. Next he will pointedly ask, as in an interview with U.S. Catholic magazine last year, 'If God explicitly designed the human reproductive system, is God the biggest abortionist of them all?'; Through such examples, he explains, 'I want to turn around their arguments.' [...]

From: AbeBooks
     But Ayala thinks that scientists who attack religion and ridicule the faithful—most notably, Richard Dawkins of the University of Oxford—are making a mistake. It is destructive and gives fodder to the preachers who insist followers must choose either Darwin or God. Often students in Ayala’s introductory biology class tell him that they will answer test questions as he wishes, but in truth they reject evolution because of their Christian beliefs. Then, a couple of years later, when they have learned more science, they decide to abandon their religion. The two, students seem to think, are incompatible.[...]"
— Sally Lehrman, Scientific American

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