Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What One Thinking Blogger Has Been Thinking About

Okay…I knew that the “Thinking Blogger Award” had run its course once I had been tagged. Be that as it may, I know—thanks to Michele at Scholar’s Blog—that at least one kidlit blogger thinks I think. And so, with Michele in mind, I thought I’d think before I posted my response. In fact, I thought I’d write about some things that have had me thinking a lot recently. They've had my husband thinking, too.

I suppose you’d like to know what’s gotten two old fogies to thinking. Well, our aging gray matter got a jolt while we were watching a clip from the first Republican Presidential Debate. When the moderator asked the participants who don’t believe in evolution to raise their hands, Hubby and I saw the hands of three presidential candidates spring up. Right proud they were of being unbelievers in the progression of species over billions of years! Yep, thirty percent of the Republicans hoping to be elected our next President think that evolution is a fantasy. Maybe they think that it was story “created” by a nefarious band of Godless heathens known as l-i-b-e-r-a-l-s!

Following along in the “Evolution Is Evil” trend, we have the new Creation Museum. Yep, Hubby and I read all about it in the Boston Globe on Sunday. Then we saw news clips about the museum that just opened in Kentucky on television. It seems Ken Ham, founder of the museum, thinks the Earth is a mere six thousand years old—give or take a Memorial Day or two. Mr. Ham, a believer in a literal translation of the Bible, doesn’t want America’s children to be indoctrinated with the Darwinian explanation of the “Origin of the Species.” Heaven forbid! He feels children must learn the scientific facts about the creation of the Earth and its species via Genesis. A pox on schools that teach America’s youth about evilution! (I meant to spell the word that way.)

Hmmm…maybe the next Republican Presidential Debate should be held at the Creation Museum. What do you think?

Quoted from the About Us page at the Creation Museum:

The Creation Museum will be upfront that the Bible is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice, and in every area it touches upon.

We’ll begin the Museum experience by showing that “facts” don’t speak for themselves. There aren’t separate sets of “evidences” for evolution and creation—we all deal with the same evidence (we all live on the same earth, have the same fossils, observe the same animals, etc.). The difference lies in how we interpret what we study. We’ll then explore why the Bible—the “history book of the universe”—provides a reliable, eye-witness account of the beginning of all things.

I don’t know about you—but I attended parochial school for twelve years. We read all kinds of Bible stories from both the Old and the New Testaments. I was also taught about evolution in science class.

Oh, to have Kurt Vonnegut still with us! I would love to hear his take on the "Creation versus Evolution" Brouhaha. And bring back Clarence Darrow!!!

Well…all this talk of evolution and the Bible and creation that’s been in the news has got me to thinking about some of the famous pairs in Biblical and World History. Maybe you can help me add more pairs to my list.

Famous Pairs from Biblical and World History

Adam & Eve
Cain & Abel
Samson & Delilah
David & Bathsheba
Sodom & Gomorrah
Joseph & Mary
Fred & Wilma Flintstone
Barney & Betty Rubble
Caesar & Cleopatra
King Henry VIII & His First Wife
King Henry VIII & His Second Wife
King Henry VIII & His Third Wife
King Henry VIII & His Fourth Wife
King Henry VIII & His Fifth Wife
King Henry VIII & His Sixth Wife
George & Martha
Franklin & Eleanor
Roy Rogers & Trigger
Ron & Nancy
Simon & Garfunkel

Note: Thanks to Hanna-Barbera Productions, the in-depth scientific research they conducted, and their ancient tales of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, we Americans know that dinosaurs and human beings coexisted on this planet. Hail to Dino!!! Darwin be dammed!

Thanks to Becky at Farm School for this link to the Creation Museum Carnival.

The Thinking Blogger rules are as follows:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote.

I am breaking Rule Number One and tagging any blogger who has been thinking about the same things I've been thinking about and would care to respond to this post.

Whew! All this thinking about creation and evolution has addled my old brain. I think I’ll fix me a margarita, sit out on my back deck in this beautiful warm weather, and wait for the Rapture! Have a nice day.


Michele said...

Wow ! Some real food for thought there - and I love your list of famous pairs !!

Elaine Magliaro said...


Thanks for the tag. I had fun writing this post! I never would have written about these things for Wild Rose Reader otherwise.

Renee said...

Napoleon and Josephine, you could also do Marc Antony and Cleopatra

Elaine Magliaro said...


I had thought about Antony and Cleopatra--but not Napoleon and Josephine! I suppose the list could go on forever.

Anonymous said...

I think you should try a collection of poems based on the famous pairs!

Elaine Magliaro said...


The poems about King Henry VIII and some of his wives could be pretty gruesome. I bet I could have some fun writing about the Flintstones and Rubbles...and, of course, Dino--who was the first dinosaur on Earth!

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