Confederate Yankee takes up the solid and reasonable middle ground between God absolutists and evolution absolutists with a great article entitled “A Tiny Lemur Didn’t Murder God Today”.
If you’ve been online today you’ve probably stumbled across—or have been bombarded with—the story of “Ida,” a 95-percent complete, 47-million-year-old fossil of a nine-month-old Darwinius masillae.
Ida is a lemur-monkey that has been declared the fabled “missing link” that proves Darwin’s theory of evolution as a biological bridge between higher primates and other, less advanced cousins.
The Scientific team’s Revealing the Link web site attempts to provide some context for what is assuredly one of the most important scientific finds in recent memory.
The presentation and implications of the find have made atheists like Allahpundit giddy with the thought that a find proving the theory of evolution somehow negates the existence of God. That sentiment, of course, has sparked a predictable battle between the Biblical absolutists AP was no doubt intending to goad, and his fellow atheists. It has spurred an epic 600+ comment thread at Hot Air.
Charles has spurred a similar thread (700 comments as I write this) at Little Green Footballs written with a less combative tone.
I’m obviously missing something central to the wars being held in these comment threads, so someone please help me out—how does the existence of lemur fossil prove that God doesn’t exist?
Read the whole thing, and then go read the links at Hot Air and Little Green Footballs. While there’s some “spirited debate”, the commenters at both sites are mostly well-read, well-spoken, and well-meaning. You’re in for an education. And some entertainment.