What bothers me most is that the national conversation about intelligent design gets twisted into a conflict between Christians and non-believers -- between "people of faith" (the formulation with which George Bush strokes followers, while neatly slandering opponents) and those who have no faith.
It's nothing of the sort.
Plenty of Christians embrace evolution as a way that God might have created the heavens and the earth. Others just don't know. Most people figure only He knows. You can't tease out a mathematical proof. We're talking about faith, here, not multiple regression analysis.
The good news (allusion intended) is that those who concede no conflict between evolution and their religious faith are speaking up. On Feb. 12, hundreds of congregations around the country -- representing many faith traditions, from Roman Catholic to all manner of Protestant churches -- will celebrate "Evolution Sunday."
If Christian conservatives can wade into the judicial nomination process on their "Justice Sunday," there's no reason others, from elsewhere on the Christian spectrum, shouldn't rally for the compatibility of religion and science.
So, now we have a bunch of moderate and liberal Christians having Evolution Sunday? I fear that we have become far too politicized. I prefer to call Sunday what the Bible refers to this day as: "the Lord's day" (Revelation 1:10).