That old thing about evolution vs. creationism is back on the political agenda in some parts.

Mostly it has resurfaced where one of the sparring factions wants creationism to get equal time with Darwin's theory -- that the animal lineage of today, including man, came from some amoeba that one day crawled out of the sea to eventually build great bridges, skyscrapers and establish political action groups.

Certainly this stands in stark contrast to the Biblical account of God creating the earth and all of its inhabitants in six days, which also stands in stark contrast to the Atlanta Falcons trying to build a football team in just 35 years.

Personally, I never had any great problem with evolution vs. creationism. I could sit in my pew on Sunday and listen to a sweat-soaked preacher describe Noah building his ark just as though he had been there on assignment for National Geographic. And as my mind would wander, as it sometimes did, I thought how much old Noah would have appreciated a Skil saw and a Black and Decker drill.

And then on Monday, I could study about Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals marveling at fire and how much better woolly mammoth tasted when roasted. Again my mind would wander and I imagined two half-naked hairy men trying to figure out a Coleman stove. Or did I see that down on St. George Island? Sometimes I get confused.

And although I had lots of questions, I had no great conflicts.

Of course I wondered if Noah brought rattlesnakes on board. And I was pretty sure that the old folk song of the unicorn getting left off the ark was just a fairy tale, but played on a gut-string guitar, it was a fun ditty.

I guess I figured that there was so much that I didn't completely understand that one more issue would not add so greatly to the pile. I supposed that God, in His infinite wisdom, could work in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.

When I saw my first litter of pigs being born and later when I took algebra, I accepted that life is filled with incredible mystery. I concluded that there were things and events that might be described in human terms as best as one could but still they had an awesomeness about them that was sure to tease our minds for evermore.

And I never had any problem calling on God to intervene when it came to algebra exams. You might say I was appealing to the Unseen to help me with the unknown. I don't know if God ever took an interest in my math issues or if He just chose to bless me in English class.

In my opinion, debating religion is a lot like asking how long is a piece of string. I think ultimately these are things people have to search out for themselves with perhaps some great resolve that "we will understand it better by and by."

The creation vs. evolution thing seemingly is the poster child for the overall religion vs. science contrast.

Again, no great conflict for me. I'm pretty sure that my high school chemistry teacher often prayed that we would not blow up the school, which to me suggested that even the scientific mind could realize when it had met its match.

So do I believe that man could have come from a lower animal? Well, after seeing what some men have done as of late, I think we might owe the "lower" animals an apology.

Dwain Walden is editor/publisher of the Moultrie Observer, 985-4545, ext. 214. E-mail:

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