Billions and billions and trillions and trillions
Senator Marco Rubio fumbled his way through a question on evolution and the usual chattering erupted. Personally I don’t think it was that bad of an answer.
If you’re really looking for a president to answer the entire panoply of theological and metaphysical questions, don’t hold an election. Let the Cardinals in Rome send up the white smoke instead.
Matt Lewis has a thoughtful piece on the evolution of evolution politics that I highly recommend. In it he quotes Senator John McCain, who said during the last presidential campaign,
“I believe in evolution,” he said. “But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also.”
Rubio (and other contenders for the Republican nomination in 2016) have four years to come up with a good answer. If I may be so bold to suggest one:
“I am not a geologist and I’m not running to be the nation’s priest. Like millions of Americans, when scientists tell me the Earth and the universe are billions of years old, I’m in awe. When I hear that it took millions of years for man to evolve, I begin to think about how the thousands of years it took for human society to evolve was really just a blink of God’s eye. And when you compare the brief history of man compared to vast expanse of time since the origin of the universe, it really illustrates the miracle of President Barack Obama being able to run up $6 trillion in debt for our country in only four years.”
I don’t think anyone would suggest what Obama has managed to accomplish could be called, “intelligent design.”