The question as to whether one can consistently believe in both God and evolution can be answered in looking at the philosophical principals behind each belief that would rather result to conflicting interests. Godly matters entail belief and religion whereas evolution is a theoretical concept of sequence of events that explain every stage in life of organisms or creatures. In a broader perspective, the matter is a concern of theology and science and therefore, one has to understand the position of these two aspects and how they relate in the society.
The debate over Evolutionary theories and Creationism beliefs has been a major debate throughout our churches, education system, and even our homes. There have been countless scientists, theologians, journalists and Christians that have studied both sides of the spectrum, that argue how the world we live in was created. Many empty statements, with little to no facts, just assertions about this particular question have been stated in many debates all over the world. So on one side we have Creationism belief that essentially argues that God is the “intelligent designer” and on the other side Evolutionary theories that state the world has evolved over the centuries. In the Merriam- Webster dictionary, Creationism is defined as, “a doctrine or theory holding that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by God out of nothing and usually in the way described in Genesis “. Merriam- Webster dictionary also defines Evolution as, “a theory that the differences between modern plants and animals are because of changes that happened by a natural process over a very long time; the process by which changes in plants and animals happen over time; a process of slow change and development”. So is it possible to believe both of those definitions?
The second reason why evolution is false is that there is little evidence of transitional fossils in the fossil record. Even Darwin and other scientists have admitted the lack of evidence and fossils. For example, Stephen M. Stanley, an evolutionist, has made comments about this: “In fact, the fossil record does not convincingly document a single transition from one species to another” (Snyder, 44 Reasons Why Evolution Is Just A Fairy Tale For Adults). If evolution has happened, and is still in process today, then the world would be filled with species that are transitioning into another, instead, there are none alive today. To add to this, no human has ever witnessed macroevolution, so therefore, there is little proof and no possible record
Where do we come from? The creation of the world has been told through many different stories, and from a variety of religions across the world. The argument between evolution and creation has been debated back and forth for years. So how do we know which claim is correct? Has all life evolved from simple bacteria to all the species that appear today, or did life on earth begin with God's creation of Adam from dust and his partner Eve from adam’s rib bone. As a child I grew up attending church every Sunday with my grandparents, attending bible school, and taught the ways of the Lord. I wouldn’t know any different until my eyes were opened in biology class where the theory of Evolution is justified. There are different explanations to
I don’t believe the evolution view can be reconcile with the Bible, because it contradicts everything the word of God explains in detailed as to how the universe and earth were formed and by whom. On the other hand even though the old earth view supports the idea that the universe is billions of years old, they believe creation was instructed and commanded by God. Putting them in agreement with some of the message of the Bible.
Evolution theory is not true because it gives a vague explanation of how the world developed to be what it is today and it also fails to explain why it is no longer going on today. As absurd as it is there are people in the world today who believe it majority of them being atheist.
I grew up in church learning about creation and how God made the heavens and the earth. This was the only view of evolution I was exposed to at the time. As I advanced in my academic career it became clear that the public school system didn't believe in a God. This made it harder to express my views and ultimately altered my initial take on evolution. It is not that I believed that God did not have a hand in creation, but I began to understand that in the world of science things had to be testable and God was not something that could be tested. However, I still believe that God exists.
Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is a theory that is and has been widely accepted for many years. The reason for this widespread acceptance is the many strengths that Darwin’s theory has. However, even though this is true, Darwin's theory has a few weaknesses. Darwin, although close, did not paint a full realistic picture of evolution with his theory.
Some would believe that evolution is a theory that scientist made up to convince us that there is no God. To be a scientist does not necessarily mean that you cannot believe in God. Author Karl Giberson backs this by stating “…the majority of scientists are not hostile to religion and many of them are actually quite religious.” (Giberson, Say It Ain't So 359). Thus, believing that living creatures have evolved over time does not mean that you cannot also have religious beliefs. One theory does not necessarily have to be completely separate from the other.
Evolution is the development of life and aims to answer how diversity is possible here on earth. It provides scientific reasons on why we see similarities amongst creatures under the same species but is has in no way stated that God does not exist because of this. So it is very wrong to assume that the evolution contradicts design actually it further supports design. Evolution believes that inside every living creature lies a genetic code, DNA structure which contains the genetic make-up of things. This has been passed on from one generation to another and can only be altered on extreme conditions which entail survival. Does he not see design in this process? Does he not see the design towards perfection within the DNA structure of creatures? But of course, these are simply assumptions if I am to accept evolution but in as much as I have not accepted evolution; the scientific community has also rejected this because it lacks sufficient evidence.
The theory of evolution denied the direct creation of man by God and the greatest damage came from the application of that theory to the development of religion. Darwinism was born. God and the Bible were looked upon as the evolutionary
In this article Michael Shermer explains reason of why evolution has always been questioned ever since Darwin published his famous book On the Origin of the Species in 1859. He strongly believed that in order to have science be accurate you’d do more than list-making, you needed to see the big picture, get facts and so forth. Before theorising anything, Darwin strongly believed in observation and prediction, for example he never witness a coral reef until he made it to the Galapagos but, it didn’t take years until he made his theory on biological evolution I guess everything does take time. The thing was there was a huge debate on his theories but, Darwin had facts he didn’t want other scientists to only look at it as political or, philosophical perspective. Some were much against his view such as theologian William
Cell theory points to a God that created a world in order, unity, coherency, design, and complexity. Each cell has each of its needs met in a way that is almost impossible for a human mind to understand. Only a Creator could create much less sustain this life. Thus it not only weakens the premise of evolutionary thought, it points out how impossible
According to this, everything around us is constantly evolving. Trees for example, grow a new ring of bark every year. Is this not evolution? I believe that growing a new ring of bark is evolving into a different and better form. The tree has changed, and it is now better protected and more stable from the elements. Another legitimate example of evolution is a developing fetus. Within nine months, a fetus evolves from nothing but a minute egg to a fully developed child. Evolution is useful in all areas of science, medicine, philosophy, and many other topics. "Evolutionary thought, and in particular an understanding of the new concepts developed in evolutionary biology, such as population, biological species, co evolution, adaptation, and competition, is indispensable for most human activities" (Mayr 267). The evolution of medication and the perfecting of such chemistries as alchemy have led our world in a direction of better controlling disease and creating materials. When it comes to teaching a person new things, they are fully equipped to understand the facts, but not accept them. This denial of acceptance does not have to be violent, it could simply be a dismissal of it being true; but the person would still be educated in the subject. When in a debate, the surest way to win, is to know, understand, and utilize both sides of the argument to one's advantage. "To put it bluntly but fairly,
An argument that has been fought over for years can be solved with a little research. So does the theory of evolution make sense or should creation be taken into consideration. Looking at nature and life is amazing, everything has so many interacte details but not all people view it the same, some people still believe in the theory of evolution or “apes to humans”.