We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Science can cast a brilliant light on the processes of nature and can vastly increase human power over the environment. Rightly used, it can notably improve the conditions of life here on earth. Future scientific discoveries about evolution will presumably enrich religion and theology, since God reveals himself through the book of nature as well as through redemptive history. Science, however, performs a disservice when it claims to be the only valid form of knowledge, displacing the aesthetic, the interpersonal, the philosophical, and the religious.
My experience has been that scientists and mathematicians tend to be humble about their ability to find ultimate Truths. It's non-scientists and those without scientific education who seem more likely to view science as a potential embodiment of Truth rather than as a collection of methods, data and theories - all of which change over time.
As I see it, Evolutionary Theory has little or nothing to do with the life of the Spirit. I am reminded of this survey which found that most doctors are believers.
As I see it, Evolutionary Theory has little or nothing to do with the life of the Spirit.
Exactly. Different vocabularies talking about different concerns. The existence of a Trilobite fossil has little to do with deciding how to live my life on this earth.