During the Years of Creationism, that is, my theist years, I've shied away from science, executing the classic Just-Barely-Passing maneuver in all of my classes. Just recently, however, I've found that science, especially Biology, fascinates me to no end. I recently purchased three (old and "outdated", but still accurate) textbooks on Biology and Biochemistry. Upon reading through the first Biology textbook (haven't finished it, but I love it so far) I find I'm learning more about the human body than I did despite an excellent teacher in my second year of high school. Which got me thinking.
I would've discovered this interest in science a long time ago if I wasn't so damned terrified of angering God. I remember having a creationist teacher in elementary school who decided not to teach evolution because she was a Christian. Instead, she made us play a silly word game in which she took two animals and made us guess what the combination would be. Goat + Bird? Gird. Why isn't it a Boat? Because a Boat is a noun. How delightful!
Sadly, I now find myself behind in the science department, not knowing a thing about evolution itself (hence the request for good books on the subject) or even what on earth a lipid is. Taking chemistry now is difficult, if not interesting, because many people in my classes already know what we're talking about while I'm spending a good amount of time reading the textbook for answers I feel I should know already.
Thankfully, I have old textbooks here, a few books I had lying around, and, of course, the internet at my disposal. What do I say to the science removed from me by fear?
I say, damn it, I take it back! If the "word of god" is the sword and shield of the Christians, Muslims, etc, then damn it, I'm arming myself with knowledge.
As well as the right to say "My evidence can beat up your God."