It's certainly no secret that the evolution/creation debate has been coming out here at St. Cynic. It is, undoubtedly, a very important topic to many people. We all enjoy knowing where we come from -- e.g., family trees, human genome mapping -- and I'm sure we'd all like to have our ultimate origins known.
It's a topic that fascinates us, puts some of us in very awkward positions, divides political loyalties, and garners unending attention from popular media. Atheists -- at least the New Atheists -- seem to hang their biggest arguments on the notion of evolution and even go so far as to anthropomorphize (give human characteristics to) nature with such descriptors as "nature chooses," or "evolutionary reasons", or "evolution saw fit to..."
At the same time, Creationists (more specifically, young earth creationists) tend to depend on the current work of secular science to make their theories, question missing information, and spin out wild speculations.
All the while, none of the participants that I've seen are actually engaging in a decent conversation. Instead, an international fued prattles on with no end in site. And to top it all off, Christians, regrettably, chant their vitriol at each other if this-or-that other person doesn't subscribe to the evangelical consensus that the earth is 6,000 years old.
So, in an effort to engage in this conversation in a much more charitable, and open way, let's move the topic to these boards and see what happens.
Now it's your turn.
Addendum: Suneal has graciously pointed out that my initial comments in this article were overbalanced in favour of evolution, and evolutionary science. The truth of the matter is, that while creationists tend to rely on the work of scientific endeavours, and sometimes manipulate information to support their cause, evolutionists are no less guilty of equally prejudicial manouevers at times. For example, Richard Dawkins's attempts to erase the existence of God through observations in evolutionary biology while believing aliens may have populated the earth through a 'seeding' project. Or, for another example, the Piltdown Man hoax.
On both sides of the divide, there has been a lot of tampering, manipulation, and mistreatment of information. None of it is justifiable, and hopefully we will all be creative enough to evolve past such nonsense.