Given all the headlines the Evangelical Christians manage to capture with their idiocy it sometimes helps to remember that not all Christian sects are full of theocratic nutcases intent on staying as ignorant about science as they possibly can in order to protect their fragile worldview. For a good example take the Episcopalians: Not only do they have a gay bishop and a newly elected woman as presiding bishop of the Church, but they also accept and promote the Theory of Evolution:
The theory of evolution is broadly accepted by the overwhelming majority in the scientific community as the most adequate explanation for the emergence of life on earth, and the ongoing adaptation of life to changes in environments. For example, knowledge of how evolution functions is essential in understanding the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, the resistance of insects to insecticides, and the appearance of viruses such as HIV and influenza.
The teaching of evolution is a crucial contribution to the development of scientific literacy among the nation’s youth, yet state legislators and state and local school boards continue to challenge, limit, or seek to supplant the teaching of evolution. Limiting the teaching of evolution in our schools has the potential to compromise students’ ability to understand constantly changing living systems, and may undermine, for instance, the understanding and treatment of diseases of the future.
***Dave will probably be amused to hear me say this, but we could use a few more good Episcopalian’s out there even if they do have some weird billboards. Their slogan should be: We may be delusional, but at least we’re not bigoted idiots like the Evangelists!
So if you’re going to insist on believing in the whole Christ mythos do yourself, and the rest of us, a favor and become an Episcopalian.