The attitude of caution about evolution expressed in the
Alabama insert is something that Christians could appreciate and endorse
- in 1897! A century ago it would have made sense to warn people about
the uncertainties of evolution simply as a tactical matter, _while doing
serious theological work to understand & express evolution in a sound
Christian context_. But it is 1997, not 1897, & the tragedy is that so
many Christians are still looking for excuses to dismiss evolution, &
have not even begun to do the theoloical work which is necessary.
A good exercise for anti-evolutionists would be to assume for
the sake of argument that scientific evidence overall supports evolution
("macroevolution" if you wish) & try to understand how it might be
compatible with the Bible & ecumenical creeds. If they honestly try
this, I think they will be surprised.
(Some will be tempted to counter that supporters of evolution
ought to try try the converse exercise. Many of us grew up doing that &
eventually found it barren.)