Monday, February 05, 2007


I told my parents about my run-in with Creationist-girl and the Christians. My Dad and I had a good laugh about it once I'd calmed down. My mom went on the warpath. This all unfolded right before she started a sermon-series about New Age theories and beliefs. So she's been working in how fundamentalism can be harmful and that evolution is actually ok.

It's really sweet to see her protecting me like this, but I sit through each sermon dreading the moment when she tries to explain evolution. We've got a protocol whereby she comes and runs a fact-check by me ebfore she preaches, but she can get carried away. Does anyone know a good layman's book explaining the basic principles of evolution? It's her birthday tomorrow...

In other news I just sat down and outlined a potential project and various questions I want to answer in the next 3 - 4 years. Suddenly it's not so scary anymore, I'mjust really excited about all the cool stuff I can do. Once I see my supervisor (over coffee?!) it'll probably be all shot down and back to square one, but for now I'm ok!


Anonymous said...

draw a bulls-eye on the back side or your outline paper. . . at least you'll be prepared for the worst. that way even the slightest good thing seems great! ;)

sorry about "creationist girl" I find that many times religious people (myself included) get scared because we can't answer all of the questions. but I'm finding that questions are good and part of life and sometimes when you say "I don't know" it's ok. Also if discuss an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, God I think that it is inevitable that you will have a lot of questions and not many answers. Duh! it's GOD!! How many years and how much paper has been used to discuss this topic?!

you know I'm not an evolutionist buff but i tend to believe that choosing to believe in evolution or creation both takes a large amount of faith. I've heard convincing evidence for both and I've heard unanswered questions from both. So. . . I tend to go with my heart and try not to freak out because of unanswered questions. Maybe your arguments or thoughts and ideas and openmindedness reflects "creationist girl's" lack of faith.

sometimes that's uncomfortable.

Luke said...

Wow! Trav, I'm really impressed! All of the above is really well thought out and, for lack of a better word, wise! Ten points!

And to you Helen...I think it's smashing that your mom jumps to your aid like that! Ten points to her too!