Evolution Sunday

"Evolution Sunday" is a science focused service conducted in a number of churches to celebrate Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The Sunday chosen since the practice began is the Sunday closest to Darwin's birthday - February 12th. Evolution Sunday began in 2006 with 467 congregations in 48 states and the District of Columbia celebrating the 197th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday. Each year since, the number of participating churches has increased and the practice has spread to include churches in other countries: in 2007 (618 churches / 5 countries), 2008 (814 churches / 9 countries) and 2009 (1,049 churches / 15 countries). Evolution Sunday (expanded to "Evolution Weekend" in 2008 to include other faiths) has drawn participation from a variety of denominational and nondenominational churches, including Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Congregationalist, United Church of Christ, Baptist and a host of community churches. It is an outgrowth of "The Clergy Letter Project", begun by the Dean of the University of Wisconsin's College of Letters and Sciences, who in stage one of the plan encouraged clergy across America to sign the letter supporting evolution and reject the Genesis account of creation, declaring that evolution "is a foundational scientific truth," and to reject it "is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children." As of February 2009, 12,400 clergy were reported to have signed the "pro-evolution" letter including 11,800 Christian clergy and 440 Rabbis. The second stage in the Clergy Letter Project plan was to solicit donations for a national project, and "Evolution Sunday" was the third stage, geared to promote the compatibility of "evolution" and "religion" through specially prepared sermons and activities.

The hostility toward fundamental Bible believers is evident in the Dean's characterization of them as "fundamentalists" with "loud, shrill voices." The Clergy "letter" presents the issue thusly, While virtually all Christians take the Bible seriously and hold it to be authoritative in matters of faith and practice, the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, as they would a science textbook. Many of the beloved stories found in the Bible... convey timeless truths about God...expressed in the only form capable of transmitting these truths from generation to generation. Religious truth is of a different order from scientific truth. Its purpose is not to convey scientific information but to transform hearts. In other words, "religious truth" lies when it describes, for instance, how the world was made; and it seeks to transmit its "truths" from generation to generation through deceit and falsehood. One must question how such Christian adherents could truthfully describe God as the Creator when they maintain the cosmos is explained by purely naturalistic and materialistic processes.

That these liberal churches would set aside a Sunday in order to celebrate Charles Darwin and openly reject the account of creation and the Bible's truthfulness is powerful evidence that today's Christian churches are in fact becoming "Churches of Humanism." That those claiming to be followers of Christ would promote secular humanism over the Word of God is not only blasphemy, but an indictment of their own confused values and practices.