I appreciate MisterE’s thoughtful response, but I’m here to make some clarifications. First, let me say that there is an overwhelming inclination in all of the posts I’ve seen that indicates a sort of pompous understanding that most individuals embrace evolution. MisterE’s own (well-intentioned) words illustrate this when he says, "and I can only imagine how tough it is to have to try and sustain that belief nowadays." It’s tough in NYC, I suppose, but as a public speaker I travel and I meet plenty of others who, like me, believe that we were all uniquely created by a Higher Power. I live in the very secular City of New York where, surprisingly, it’s not too difficult to find an individual who believes in evolution.
In reality and as stated, the public is deeply divided. In fact, 40 to 50% of the population believes in the Biblical account of creationism, so there are plenty of us out there.
It seems as though MisterE and others have this idea that science and religion are incompatible. This is simply not the case. Science, in fact, proves creationism on a number of levels. And calling Lee Strobel "not serious enough" just isn’t accurate. Have you read his work? Sure, we can all find out that he’s an apologist (I’m sure you got that from the nifty flash presentation at www.leestrobel.com), but what most people don’t know is that he is a well-educated journalist who set out on a two-year journey to disprove Christianity (before accepting Christ he was an atheist).
Since evolution was a motivating factor behind his lack of faith he has extensively examined it — both prior to and after accepting Christ. After two years of speaking with world-renowned individuals in the fields of science and religion Strobel not only became a Christian, but also realized the serious blunders present within the scientific "doctrine" behind evolution.
His theories are based on common scensical data and figures derived from the interviews and discussions he has had with the aforementioned figures, so before criticizing him, read him. I guarantee that none of you have read Strobel or any other author like him for that matter, which is problematic — seriously.
You may have concluded that atheism is not a religion, MisterE, but I disagree, as do many other writers. While there is no central "god" other than the self (and this is not meant to be rude or ignorant) the components are similar if not identical to that of religious folks. In fact, atheists often defend their "faith" or lack thereof better than any Christian, Jew or Muslim I know.
And as far as proving creationism right — what do we have to prove the theories that underlie quantum physics — that there are 11 coexisting dimensions, etc.? If anything there is much more to cope with in science that requires far more faith than any Christian doctrine I know.
The Big Bang is an entirely different issue, although it does flow into evolution. Why is it that the Big Bang (which coincidently was a giant explosion that was created by particles — we still don’t know where those came from, though) cannot be considered the way by which God created the universe?
Now, let’s take a brief trip back to science and religion. While this may surprise you I do believe in evolution — micro-evolution. What’s this you ask? Well, micro-evolution is simple. It’s a gradual change within a kind of animal (such as a dog). Macro-evolution, which I detest and truly disagree with on every rational level, is the gradual change from one animal to another (from a fish to an amphibian to a reptile).
Micro-evolution makes sense. Dogs mate and create different mixes — so do people, to be frank. But macro-evolution (which evolution is entirely based on) does not provide one concrete example (other than what is "theoretically" discussed in evolutionary doctrine). When have we ever seen a dog evolve into anything other than a dog? And if there’s survival of the fittest, than why did apes remain in tact? The gradual change from ape to human happened only once? Where are all of the Geico cavemen? Are they the missing link?
In fact, the book of Genesis accurately depicts what science explains on a number of levels (it’s interesting that the Bible mentions immense light at the Earth’s inception; the same is said of the Big Bang).
As far as teaching creationism theory in school goes, there’s plenty to be said. In the meantime I’ll let these words resonate and I’ll be back tomorrow (probably) with a whole list of individuals (even Noble prize nominees and Harvard graduates) who have serious doubts about evolution. Keep the dialog coming.