Xavier92 saidIt's an oxymoron. Religion and science can never mix. Creationism and Evolution in this case. Neil is an idiot and he is being politically correct.
Just playing devil's advocate, why can't somebody believe evolution is divine design? Most religious or spiritual people do.
It`s not impossible to think god created a universe where evolution sub-created all the diversity and complexity of living things, including man, even, in its own way and time. But if he did he`s not the god we`ve been told he is.
Such an idea contradicts the teaching in conventional Christianity of this all powerful, knowing, and loving god. It may be easier in earlier religions as in Greece and Rome where the universe pre-dated the gods and they were neither loving or concerned about anyone or anything very much.
Evolution may be true, but it is very slow, wasteful, inefficient, and utterly pitiless and indifferent to suffering.
A good example would be a BBC natural history programme called 'The Crossing' about wildebeest on their annual migration and the crossing of a major river. They have to move to find fresh pasture with the rains. If not, they`ll starve to death.
But the river is wide and fast, and, weakened from their long journey, many are lost in the crossing. Further, it`s full of very hungry and merciless crocodiles. For those who reach the other side safely are the similar lions...
The film is relentlessly explicit and graphic in the animals` suffering.
The long term effect on the wildebeests, evolutionarily, is an ever stronger, tougher, and athletic animal. But what a waste, what suffering...
It`s hard to imagine this situation was the creation of a loving god according to mainstream Christianity...