Sunday, November 02, 2008

Evolution and me: a personal story (index)

Since Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, the theory of evolution has been, and still is, a subject of intense debate. From the Scopes 'monkey' trial of Tennessee in 1925, to recent debates on Intelligent Design, the subject of evolution has probably been the most hotly discussed scientific theory in modern history. I used to be a creationist, in a sense, but over the years my beliefs have shifted towards evolution. Over the next month or so I will focus on my own personal journey of how I came to accept evolution, and outline what convinced me in the end.

I cover my personal story in the following posts:

I briefly tackle the question of what is science in:

These are followed by the following posts outlining the evidence that finally convinced me:

Finally, I end off with:

  • Part 17: The convergence of evidence

However, before I begin, I want to stress three points:

First, I believe the theory of evolution by natural selection does not disprove that a god (or gods) exists. In fact, there are many Christians who accept the theory of evolution; it doesn’t pose a threat to their faith at all.

Secondly, I did not reach my current belief in evolution because I had problems with Christianity. Nor was it the cause of me losing my faith.

Third, contrary to what some might believe, I did not adopt evolution as an excuse for adopting an 'immoral atheistic' lifestyle. Rather, I accepted the theory of evolution because the evidence for it seems so overwhelming.

But what did I believe before I accepted evolution? I will cover this in my next post.

Next post: The infusion of creationism.


CyberKitten said...

Interesting. I shall look forward to it/them...

Lorena said...

Thank you for doing that. I am so looking forward to the series.

I've been, so far, too lazy to get into evolution, so I will be educating myself through your writing. No pressure though.