Most Christians used to believe some version of this: The world was made just as it said in the bible in 6 literal 24-hour days. God made all the animals and then the first man and the the first woman. All plants and animals were exactly as we see them today. Nothing went extinct, because god made everything perfect.
When I was a JW kid back in the 1960's we were told that there was no such thing as evolution
. Period. None of this halfway namby-pamby micro vs macro sh!t. There were no dinosaurs.
None of this humans and dinos hung out together crap. Humans are not related to other primates.
None of this intelligent design nonsense.
What about the fossils in museums? Museums are full of lies. Fossils were put there by demons to test our faith. Geology and astronomy have to be interpreted only in the light of bible truth. Anything else is worldly and evil-- made up by demons and inserted into the heads of scientists.
It amuses me (and gives me hope) to see how religious people nowadays adapt and accommodate to scientific discoveries that seem to challenge their theology. Even JW's now say that there were dinosaurs-- see how different this is from what we were taught back in the day...http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_jehovah's_witnesses_attitude_about_dinosaursFirst, when the discovery is new, there is the flat out denial of the evidence
--it's a complete and total lie, thought up by evil people in league with the devil, people who want to destroy religion and deny god:Disease is caused by invisible animals called germs? That is the craziest thing we ever heard. It says quite clearly in the word of god that demons cause illness, so the only way to combat it is to pray to god to take away the demons! Anyone who promotes this so-called germ theory will be banned from polite company and maybe even burned at the stake.....
Second, when the discovery has gathered so much evidence that it is foolish to deny its existence, accept a part that is the least threatening to the faithful. Act as though you have never thought any differently
:Of course there are disease germs-- every sane person knows this. However, germs do not attack you if you are protected by god. Sickness is a sign of a weak, faithless spirit. My grandmother never got sick because she prayed every day and read her bible.
Finally, when the evidence is absolutely undeniable and accepted in all circles, the religious people "discover" that--surprise!-- it was in the bible all along!
Science has at last vindicated what people who were reading their bibles correctly
knew from the beginning: Surely you cannot deny the wisdom of god. See right here where it says "things not seen" and then skip to the part where it tells the children of Israel to do a ritual of washing after touching unclean things! How could people have known about germs way back then before the invention of the microscope? Science has proven that the bible is true!http://whatjwsteach.tumblr.com/
That is what appears to be happening with the theory of evolution with the "okay but-micro-not-macro" compromise. I suggest making some screen captures and printouts of skeptic's posts. In the years to come there will no doubt be some "evolution" in his thinking.
He will say that, not only is evolution the factual explanation accepted by all sane people, but lo and behold, the bible had it right all along
! Homo habilis, opposable thumbs, endemic species, Darwin's finches, giraffe's laryngeal nerve and chimp DNA, clearly explained in the bible
, just waiting for the right interpretation!
I can't wait to see how they manage to keep Noah's Ark-- maybe it will become one of those metaphors, or yet another part of the OT (like all the sex--rape, incest and never-ending begats) that we are not supposed to pay much attention to...