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Evolution – The Religion vs. Science Debate

Let me state first that I do not believe in God.  I think it’s a great theory that some god created the universe,  but I have a problem accepting something that was written 2000 years ago, and has been translated may times over, as truth.  I use logic as the basis for my beliefs, and logic tells me that the whole God thing doesn’t add up.  That’s another argument, so on to the task at hand.

So, where do we come from?  How are we different from rocks, plants and animals?  What makes us so special?

The fact is that we are simply made up of atoms… of  some tiny particles that all matter has in common.   The interesting thing is, however, that unlike a grain of sand, we can move.  We can make noises and learn things.  We can have “feelings” and affect other people’s “feelings”.  Why is this?  Why are we the way we are?  We are special.  Why are we so special?   Ah… the question that started it all!

I happen to believe that we are not, in fact, special.  I believe that just the  fact that so many believe in the religious doctrine that we are “chosen” ones, is just plain selfish.  Really, if you look at the world we live in, all of the life, the beauty, the harmony… all humans have ever done is screw that up.  So we were, what, chosen by God to destroy the natural balance and beauty of “nature” on this planet?  Interesting.

Human beings are, essentially,  a parasite.  We feed off of the planet and give absolutely nothing back.  We are certainly not in symbiotic accord with any other species on this planet, this is a natural rarity.  So, there you have it, we are special.  We are abominations of nature.  No better than your common tapeworm.  Why would an “all-knowing” entity place such a plague on the millions of unsuspecting animals and plants on this planet?  99.999% of us, in some way, contribute to the depletion and destruction of life life on this planet every waking moment of every waking day of our lives.  Way to go God.

Pardon my digression, back to the topic at hand.

I have a lot of questions for those who flat-out deny evolution.  How do you explain DNA/RNA similarities we have with primates?  How do you account for the many fossils that have shown the path from Homo erectus to Homo sapien?  Did someone plant the evidence?  Is carbon dating a thing of science fiction?  What evidence do you have that this didn’t occur?  A fairy tale called “Genesis”?  No one is sure exactly when the thing was penned, but it was somewhere (and not all at the same time)  in the range of 1200BC-222BC.  If the people were so inspired back then, why do we not believe that the sun is carried across the sky by a chariot?

The old testament is a book of blind theory.  It is not based on any physical evidence whatsoever.  Given that, I don’t see the difference between it and hieroglyphics.  The Egyptians even came up with the idea of the soul long before.  We had gotten smarter, realized that the rest of their religious beliefs was a bit bogus, and held on to the only parts that made sense.  The soul, and the afterlife.

Wikipedia states, “In Islamic theology, a person who spontaneously “discovers” monotheism is called a ḥanīf, the original ḥanīf being Abraham.”   Christianity is an Abrahamic religion along with Islam.  In the advent of monotheism, or the “birth” of God, this would have been the doctrine for monotheism in general and not just Islam.   So, spontaneously discovers God?  Which to me says that someone, or a group of people, just spontaneously decided God existed.  Interesting.

Again, I digress.

So let me restate that I do not believe in God, and do not put any merit in creationism.  BUT, just as I cannot say that God does not exist, I cannot say that creation never happened.  All anyone can ever do is speculate.  It is my opinion, however, that science is sound.  Carbon dating is sound.  The same process is used to date the precious scrolls of Christianity (and every other religion) that are used to date our ancestors’ remains.  So either both are right or both are wrong.  Given this… To deny evolution, to say it DID NOT happen, is admitting that you have no idea why you believe what you believe.

I have no problem with people who believe in “divine inspiration” or that at some point we were endowed with a soul.  That agrees with everything we observe today, and isn’t contradicted with scientific findings.  Of course, I think this is hogwash too.

I found some interesting statistics from Gallup:

  • 21% of those having a High School education or less believe in evolution (52% have no opinion)
  • 74% of those with Postgraduate degrees believe in evolution (16% have no opinion)
  • 49% of adults 18-24 believe in evolution (33% have no opinion)
  • 31% of adults 55 and over believe in evolution (38% have no opinion)
  • 54% of those attending church weekly DID NOT KNOW that Darwin was associated with Evolution!

This data tells me one thing.   Those who deny Evolution are generally undereducated and supremely devoted to their religions beliefs based on no other evidence than that’s all they know and it sounds good to them.

As a footnote:  I make no implication that people who have faiths in religions are in any way less intelligent.  I just think that denying evolution is plain ignorant.

If you don’t wish me smote, check out this page.  Very interesting.

Proverbs 14:15
The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.

November 12, 2009 - Posted by | My Thoughts

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