When dealing with creationists, it might be helpful to have that handy sticker:
And my most recent book purchase, The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is priceless! I am simply in awe of the “Unified Spaghetti Theory,” which brings together a series of criticisms of evolution, as proof of a Pasta Designer entity – complete with a conceptual drawing of what the first noodle might have looked like.
As it’s ever bit as factual and scientific as Intelligent Design, I simply don’t understand all of the hate mail that Bobby Henderson gets. What is so objectionable with the FSM version of ID as a theory?
It’s just a damn convincing, and extremely persuasive, version of Intelligent Design, is all. Henderson even actually conducts experiments (in his kitchen). Are there any other IDers out there actually conducting experiments in their labs, kitchens, or even seminaries?
On a serious note, I’ve also rented and been re-watching Bill Moyers’ series of interviews with Joseph Campbell: The Power of Myth. As an early teen, this area of study in theology and mythology strongly influenced my personal philosophy.
For myself, I don’t actually believe in a God (e.g. Zeus, Yahweh, Allah, or the Christian God), but I do strongly believe in the truisms that are commonly taught in each of the major religions, as well as the moral foundations for sociological norms that they share.
So belief in a God doesn’t really matter to me – what matters is my spiritual connection to the myths, rituals, and traditions of my family and community.
And a biologically- and sociologically-informed understanding of the world doesn’t take away from my values at all.