During the brief post-DVD discussion today, one of our congregation's leaders said that she had wished that people from both ends of the evolutionary biology debate spectrum had been at today's Thank God for Evolution DVD screening.
I asked if the folks who were rejecting evolution were members of our congregation or members of the wider community (we had a brief announcement about the DVD screening in the local paper).
I learned that we have some members of our congregation who reject evolution.
I was surprised. I would not be surprised that some members of our community outside All Souls would reject evolution - conservative religion is prevalent in our town.
But I was surprised that members of my congregation would reject evolution.
I know that we are a non-creedal faith tradition - but seriously?
A free and responsible search for truth doesn't mean one can believe anything one wants to believe. Responsibility would suggest that one should not reject settled scientific matters like the theory of evolution, the germ theory of disease, or the heliocentric theory of the solar system.
It's possible that some ideas may be nonsensical.
In a 1973 essay that criticized creationism and espousing theistic evolution, evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky wrote:
The entire essay can be read here.
Perhaps we can need an adult religious education class using the book Your Inner Fish? There's a catchy and fun music video associated with this book.