Evolution Sunday celebrated in USA churches, as reported in The New York Times, 13 Feb 2006. On 12 February 2006 ministers in several hundred American protestant churches preached that evolution was true and condemned those who oppose it. “Evolution Sunday” followed a letter writing campaign called the Clergy Letter Project begun by a groups of academics and clergy in Wisconsin begun in 2005 which has persuaded many thousands of clergy to affirm that the theory of evolution is a “a foundational scientific truth” and to reject it is “to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children.”

At one participating church, St Dunstan’s Episcopal Church the Rev. Patricia Templeton told her 85 strong congregation that “A faith that requires you to close your mid in order to believe is not much faith at all.” Since then the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has joined in the call for churches to back evolution, and teach against those who believe in creation, as part of AAASs campaign against the Intelligent Design movement – reported in BBC news 20 Feb 2006.

According to the New York Times, “Most of the signatories to the project and those preaching on Sunday were from mainline Protestant denominations. Their congregations have shrunk sharply over the last 30 years. At the same time, the number of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians has risen considerably, and many of them because of their literalist view of the Bible, doubt evolutionary theory.”

New York Times, BBC

Editorial Comment: Which god do the “Evolution Sunday” churches think they are worshipping? It is certainly not the God of the Bible, who has given a clear record of the origin and history of the world that cannot be reconciled with evolution. The Bible states that God created a very good world that has been corrupted because of human sin and has been going downhill ever since, and human beings can only be saved from this mess by the Creator Himself – the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the opposite of evolution, which teaches that the very things that corrupt the world, such as disease, death, hunger and the struggle to survive are the very processes that brought humanity into existence. Why should anyone trust a god who would do this and claim “it was good”?

Whilst we don’t believe that truth is determined by numbers, we are not surprised that many mainstream denominations who have compromised the Scriptures are shrinking. If you preach that Darwin is right and the Bible is wrong, it is not surprising that people won’t come to your church; you have no more to offer them than they can already get in biology class – struggle toil and eternal death. (Ref. religion, apostasy, theology)