Back in the fall I wrote a rather scathing diatribe about Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort’s shenanigans in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of Species. Toward the end, I told by way of illustration the made-up story of “Charlotte”, an evangelical science student who is forced to wrestle with evangelicalism’s aversion to the “godless” theory of evolution.
Today I wish to commend for your reading pleasure the story of Rachel Held Evans, whose story is in many respects very similar to that of “Charlotte”. Rachel’s story ends well; she has found that Christianity and evolution do not have to be mutually exclusive.
What is most remarkable about her story is that she hails from Dayton, Tennessee, site of the infamous Scopes “Monkey Trial” almost a century ago, and a hotbed of young-earth creationism. She has written a book about her faith journey, called “Evolving in Monkey Town”. I recommend this to you if you are interested in that sort of thing.