The OTHER “Good Book”

530 Christian congregations held services this past weekend, celebrating Charles Darwin’s 198th birthday and the theory of evolution.

That number is up 13% from last year, apparently.

The link above doesn’t give the entire article – one has to be a subscriber to New Scientist magazine to read the whole thing. But in the part I can read, I like this quote:

“For far too long, strident voices, in the name of Christianity, have been claiming that people must choose between religion and modern science,” says Michael Zimmerman, founder of Evolution Sunday and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University in Indianapolis.

What? Christians are standing up to the voices of the radical right-wing Christianists who have been mixing politics and religion?

That’s awesome. The standing-up part, not the mixing-politics-and-religion part (which leads to fascism, actually).

So, happy birthday Charles Darwin, and more power to Michael Zimmerman and Evolution Sunday!