Obviously, he thinks one can be a Christian and accept evolution, but these two sets of knowledge "don’t make as much contact with each other as people think," he said. Many fundamentalists "elevate Genesis beyond what is appropriate."
Fundamentalists' spin on the creation story in Genesis "robs it of everything that is interesting," he said. Instead, readers should recall that the Bible repeats the refrain that God found what he made "good" and looks at the world as good.
Shermer pushed on, asking Giberson to comment on the following definitional statement from Carl Sagan's "Cosmos:"
"For we are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins ... Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we sprung."
"What’s wrong with that?" Shermer asked Giberson, with a smile.
This kind of thinking is "hardly going to inspire ordinary people" to be passionate about spirituality, Giberson replied. "I just don’t think it would be a functional religion."
The full article can be found here. On the theme of Carl Sagan, Lee over at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anywhere Else has an interesting comparison post on Steele vs. Sagan.