With a waning number of exceptions, Catholics and evangelicals, not to mention Protestants, Anglicans, and the Orthodox, have learned to come to grips with the possibility that God created the universe through, among other things, evolutionary processes. Michael Patton is the most recent example of a conservative evangelical who allows for this possibility. Among Jews, the number of Orthodox who consider rabbis who do not take a stand against evolution as beyond the pale is also declining.
It is not religionists, but evolutionists who make it difficult for a vast number of people to give credence to the theory of evolution.
The biggest problem is that evolution is presented by many atheists as proof of the non-existence of God. It does not follow. Top-notch scientists, Ken Miller, John Polkinghorne, and Francis Collins for example, are the first to point that out.
Some atheists, furthermore, like to give the impression that they speak for science. They want you to believe that they speak ex cathedra, like the Pope when he defines doctrine.
When I attended the concluding lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by an extremely popular biology professor, evolution was said to have its current pinnacle in Jesus, Buddha, and Ghandi. Another non sequitur.
In his book, Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution, Ken Miller does a masterful job of showing how the theory of evolution (yes, it is proper to call it a theory, though of course a well-established one) has been used and abused by proponents even more than, if possible, by opponents.
When I read it, I thought to myself: the history of interpretation of the theory of evolution, its Wirkungsgeschichte, is a lot like that of the Bible. Especially in the hands of true believers (in Eric Hoffer’s sense), evolutionary biology, like the Bible, has fared very badly.