This from a conversation today with an evolutionist:
Q: So you think evolution is a good thing?
A: Yes, it got us here didn’t it?
Q: Do you think you’re a good person?
A: Yes, and a good evolutionist (with a laugh, he was a very nice person to speak with).
Q: You wouldn’t mind if we put that to the test would you?
A: Test? What kind of test?
Q: Just a few questions, you only have to answer honestly and you get to grade yourself at the end.
A: OK, shoot.
A: No (his face showed he didn’t like that question at all)
Q: Would you classify yourself as a Darwinist?
A: I think Darwinian evolution is true.
Q: Have you ever read the book by Charles Darwin?
A: The Origin of Species? Yes, it’s been a long time though.
Q: Actually, the full title is “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”, right?
A: Yes, that’s it, sounds right.
Q: So as someone who holds to Darwinian evolution, which human race do you think is favored in the struggle for life?
At this point, the man with whom I was speaking became speechless, literally…his lips moved but nothing came out. His discomfort was so profound that I could feel it. It was obvious that, until that moment, this person had never thought about the racial component of the evolution theory-tale.
From that point on, we had a very good conversation about The Gospel. At the end, he told me he would think about our conversation and re-think his belief in evolution.
Sometimes, as with my new found evolutionist friend, backsliding can be a good thing.