A couple of months ago, I went to a religious conference for youth at the Hyatt Hotel in Wichita, Kansas. The theme of the conference was 'Go and Make Disciples' and it was all about going out into the world and savin' souls. Needless to say, I felt hopelessly out of place, and I spent most of my time alternating between despair and outrage.
One of the most popular seminars was on evolution, and how science supposedly did not support it. This seminar attracted roughly half of the attendants at the conference and was held in a large ball-room.
A man named Craig was leading the class. Craig was a doctor. He was, as I recall, an orthodontist. Earlier I'd eaten lunch at a table with Craig, and a girl that happened to be gay. Craig attacked the girl mercilessly in front of her classmates and then compared homosexuality to child molestation. The girl left, sobbing.
Craig didn't have the most popular recent arguments and intelligent design stuff. Instead he did the old spiel about 'micro' and 'macro' evolution, and how those two supposedly differ. Someone pointed out that he was supporting the central contention of evolution (that species can change over time to cope with their surroundings) without carrying it to it's logical conclusion. Everyone looked at him and he didn't pipe up again.
He showed us examples that evolution scientists supposedly used to support their findings and then explained why these were invalid. He talked to us about the evolution of horses, and had some arcane point to make about that. Then he got to the evolution of the eye.
"The eye," he said, "how could evolution possibly have led to the eye? Is half an eye useful?"
Everyone nodded in agreement, and a few people started clapping. They all looked like fish, eyes slightly glazed. I probably imagined the flecks of drool at the corners of their mouths. They probably weren't really just taking this in, just letting it wash over them.