I was in the kitchen this morning making breakfast and accidentally knocked over some stuff on the floor (as I am prone to do). In jest, I turned my face toward the ceiling and shook my fist, "Curse you, Newton, and your theory of gravity!" To which my dad said, "It's not a theory, it's a law." I then explained, with good humor and reason, the scientific definitions of "theory" and "law," and how they differ from the common, everyday definitions. My dad's head spun a little. He's one of those who has always expounded the common Creationist misconception that evolution is "merely a theory, not a fact." He didn't comment on that, though. He merely said, "That's stupid."

But maybe, just maybe, he'll look at evolution a little differently now. I can dream, can't I?

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Comment by Chris G on October 14, 2009 at 1:31am
My first thought was why bother with your dad, but then when I first started expressing my atheism my mother thought that there were no such things as atheists. She thought everyone believes in god - that's the way the world is. Given time my mother came to understand my disbelief and understand that it is OK not to believe.

Chri
Comment by Daniel Smith on September 15, 2009 at 5:03pm
Hope springs eternal.

Not to be pedantic (which of course means I'm about to be pedantic) Dave, but 2000 years ago we humans were pretty sophisticated iron age people, at least in that part of the world where a certain desert tribes myths were about to give birth to christianity. They were pretty much as smart as we are, simply without the ensuing 2k years worth of accumulated knowledge. They would have looked on someone living in a cave about like we would.
Comment by Dave Rogers on September 15, 2009 at 12:59pm
How can scientists, with all their evidence, test methods and technology compete with stone age cave-dwellers? You're dad would rather believe an ancient people who thought the earth was flat, the sun went around us, and the stars sat on a dome above us. You need to ask him if man has only gotten dumber in the last 2000 years and that the cave-dwellers were the pinnacle of our intelligence, because his belief must be based on this assumption.
Comment by Sonny Mobley on September 15, 2009 at 12:38pm
Yeah, you can dream. Your dad seems to be quite content in his non-understanding, though.
Comment by Dre Smith on September 15, 2009 at 11:35am
U sure can.

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