Consider yourselves warned.
So, I'm just going to come out and say it. There's no point beating around the bush any longer.
I'm an evolutionist.
Yep, that's right, I believe in survival of the fittest, that we descended from apelike creatures called Australopithecus, and that Darwin was right when he put it all together.
I still remember the exact moment I decided that I believed in evolution rather than creationism. I think I was about seven years old and I asked my mother how it was possible for Adam and Eve to be the first people if they only had two sons. Uncertain how to answer that, she did what any responsible parent would do ... sicced me onto my religious education teacher who happened to be in the same shop that we were having the conversation in.
So I asked the Rel Ed teacher my question, probably completely blind siding her given she was just there to grab a tin of soup, and was given the answer that Adam and Eve had more than just two kids.
Huh, well that didn't sit well with my seven year old self. Did that mean brothers and sisters got married and had kids?
Oh no, she said. There were other people too, in other towns. The children probably married them.
Okay, hold the phone! So first I'm told that Adam and Eve are the very first people ever. Then I'm told they have two sons. When I question that, I'm told they had other kids too. When I question THAT, I'm suddenly informed that there were a whole hoard of other people there, conveniently living in another town?
So which was it, were Adam and Eve the first or weren't they?
At this point my Rel Ed teacher felt a sudden need to get home. She left with her soup, and I left with the realisation that I didn't believe a word of what I'd been fed.
The next semester when the Religious Education classes were put together, I found myself in the one where all the "non-religious" kids were put. We got to colour. It suited me just fine.
This kid fought, and won, the right to keep the pure science texts in the science classes.
I know it's a bit of a delicate topic for a lot of people so I'm not going to even touch on my opinion of that, but I just had to say ... from one childhood rabble rouser to another ... respect, dude.