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Why Evolution is Difficult

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
May 15, 2011
Orange County Freethought Alliance Annual Conference
Orange County Airport Hilton
18800 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine, California

Evolution is a difficult subject for religious conservatives for obvious reasons: it conflicts with a literal interpretation of the Bible. But even religious moderates can find evolution a distasteful subject: it Freethought Alliance Logo: Freethought Alliance Logoinfringes on some important attitudes towards human exceptionalism, as well as religious beliefs about the importance of a personal God. Many religious progressives, on the other hand, rejecting biblical literalism and human exceptionalism, and holding a personal God, simplistically understood, to be less important to their theology, often embrace evolution.

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