I’ve been reading ScienceBlogs lately, and I continue to be struck by the differences in culture between the US and Britain. Here in Britain religion, particularly Christianity, is deeply entrenched in schools and the system of government, yet the creationist fringe is almost unheard of. Creationism puts the Alpha and Omega in cretinism.
Thinking about creationism, I was struck by the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle. In the fossil record, we have found a few pieces of the puzzle, and even fewer of them actually fit together, but they are all clearly pieces of the same puzzle. Creationists would have us believe that each piece was painted as an isolated work of art, that the pieces appear to be part of the same scene because a perverse creator wanted to taunt us with the idea that they might fit together, that they are oddly shaped for the same reason, and that some of them actually do fit together purely by coincidence. Why do they have such a low opinion of the creator?