(major sarcasm alert)
There's a big Darwin festival going on this week at Cambridge (the Old World one, hence the "at" instead of "in"). Philosopher of science Daniel "I debunk the kooks so you don't have to" Dennett reports on a controversial Templeton-sponsored session that featured such exciting highlights as "kenotic (a.k.a. self-emptying) theology" and "evolutionary Christology", whatever that may be.
Dennett calls it "wonderfully awful"; here's my favorite bit of his account.
"I had an epiphany at the end of the session, but I kept it to myself:
The Eucharist is actually a Recapitulation of the Eukaryotic
Revolution. When Christians ingest the Body of Christ, without
digesting it, but keep it whole (holistier-than-thou whole), they are
re-enacting the miracle of endosymbiosis that paved the way for
eventual multi-cellularity. And so, dearly beloved brethren, we can see
that by keeping Christ intact in our bodies we are keeping His Power
intact in our embodied Minds, or Souls, just the way the first
Eukaryote was vouchsafed a double blessing of earthly competence that
enabled its descendants to join forces in Higher Organizations.
Evolutionary theology. . . . I think I get it! I can do it! It truly is
intellectual tennis without a net."
Addendum: This comes as I've just received word (hi Popeye!) of a creationist conference at my alma mater, organized by the local baptist church (we have those in Belgium too? who knew?). Sounds like it was a hoot (complete with baby dinosaurs on Noah's Ark) but I find myself wishing that, in the absence of rigorous intellectual scrutiny, the university's catholicism at least had come out a bit more strongly. Perhaps in the form of a little display of religious intolerance? I mean, seriously, I'm all for freedom of speech -- let them rent out any other public space for all I care -- but I don't think the university should be lending respectability to these nutjobs.