Creation Versus Evolution - Both Arguments Can be Right Essay

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Creation Versus Evolution

“Creation Versus Evolution.” What’s wrong with this title? Read it to yourself a few times, and then answer that question.

We’ve all heard of the argument. Creationism, the idea that God created all the species as they appear today, versus Evolutionism, the idea that all life evolved from simple bacteria to all the species that appear today, is a familiar controversy. Ever since Darwin first published the Theory of Evolution in his controversial 1859 book The Origin of Species, the debate has raged between religion and science.

But this debate is something that has always puzzled me. From the time I first understood what the Theory of Evolution was really saying, I found it difficult to reject.
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Given enough time, one species may develop such different characteristics as its ancestors possessed that it becomes considered as another species. This assertion follows logically from the two principles of heredity and natural selection.

Yet when this assertion is made, religious people start to object to it. Notably within Christianity, only conservative Protestants seem to take issue with Evolution; the more open-minded liberal Protestants find nothing wrong with the Theory, and the Catholic church officially recognizes Evolution as scientific fact.

This is something I have always had difficulty in understanding. I suppose that these fundamentalist Protestants believe that the idea that species change over time takes away from the meaningfulness of life. Particularly when you throw humans into the mix and make the claim that we evolve, just like the animals, they object that classifying us as “just animals” somehow dehumanizes us or makes us seem less special as God’s creation.

Yet I’ve read Genesis, the first book of the Christian Bible, and there seems to be nothing in it which contradicts with the idea that species – even humans – change over time. The Bible describes how life was created, but it does not specify what happened after that. Thus it is consistent with Biblical dogma to believe that after God created life, it evolved – either on its own or under the
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