Great comments and thoughts. I will try to address them honestly.i.p.i“tell me about what you do as a forensic industrial hygienist and i'll see if my guess is correct”
My work is varied, I “specialize” in toxicology and microbiology. For example today, I had two investigations: One involved the investigation of how an employee of a utilities company ended up with an elevated carboxyhemoglobin level in his blood in the absence of carbon monoxide exposure (there are numerous good reasons). I also investigated symptomology of an occupant of an house with strange clinical signs and symptomology – I discovered her gas-fired stove was not burning correctly and was producing huge quantities of ultrafine particles that were creating respiratory distress. Today COHb, tomorrow lasers, the next day "toxic moulds" (which don't exist) or ionizing radiation, and then next week onto some chemical exposure resulting in some reported illness… It’s all fun and games; especially when someone looses an eye! In my case, since I am also a cop, I get involved in dead bodies and toxicological assessments of clandestine drug labs.
:I mean if you don't believe in evolution then don't your colleagues mock you?
When people speak of the “theory of evolution” they usually don’t understand the word “theory” or “evolution” or compound the problem by not understanding either.
For example, when we look at a motor car, we can legitimately speak of “theory of the internal combustion engine” (and it is just that – “just a theory”) but because it is “just a theory” it doesn’t stop a car from trundling down the motor way. When we count to ten, we are engaging certain aspects of the “number theory,” but just because it is “just a theory” won’t preclude us from getting to eleven. Similarly when we speak of the “theory of evolution” we are speaking of an indisputable scientific fact that easily demonstrable in any high school microbiology classroom.
Evolution is an example of the Glorious Hand of God – especially when, as i.p.i. may tell you, when we see marvelous phenomenon such as jumping genes, and some shenanigans occurring with Pribnow boxes in replication sequences and where microbes can translate sequences for different proteins from the same sequence by starting at a different locations (or even reading sequences backwards! – sometimes backwards and forwards like giant palindromes). It’s amazing stuff, and SCREAMS of the existence of God – such elegance and beauty surely cannot have occurred by mere chance. It was in fact the study of microbiology and in particular evolutionary microbiology that turned me back to God and the Catholic Church. Evolution occurs as surely as the Earth revolves around the Sun, and does so by the grace of God.
I have found that without exception, those who choose to not believe in evolution (almost exclusively Protestants and Evangelicals) don’t actually understand evolution, and instead create their own nonsensical versions of what they think constitutes evolution and they create straw-man arguments so they can then knock down their own creations (which usually have nothing to do with evolution). I have never encountered someone who understood evolution who did not acknowledge its existence. You own comment “I don’t believe we came from monkeys…” underscores a misconception of evolution borne of ignorance – that is not what evolution states. The poster called Pilgrim hits the nail on the head.
Evolution is not contrary to God, rather it cries out to the marvelous glory of God. How could it be otherwise? If there is a conflict between reality and religion, then religion, a construct of people must be in error, since God created reality. Our Church, Mother Church, is the Earthly vehicle by which God brings us to understand His nature in this material world (that may not be theologically correct, but if not it is due to my ignorance in such matters).
Legitimate science is a process, not an end, a process by which we may test doubt. Do we as Christian, not alos test doubt? Indeed, science is an exercise in doubt.
There is a lot of faith employed by secularists in science, don’t be fooled – they too have to rely on faith, they just don’t see it that way.
Caoimhín P. Connell
Forensic Industrial Hygienistwww.forensic-applications.com
(The opinions expressed here are exclusively my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my professional opinion, opinion of my employer, agency, peers, or professional affiliates. The above post is for information only and does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)