devolution

from a new CBS poll:

Most Americans do not accept the theory of evolution. Instead, 51 percent of Americans say God created humans in their present form, and another three in 10 say that while humans evolved, God guided the process. Just 15 percent say humans evolved, and that God was not involved.

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5 responses to “devolution

  1. The debate on evolution, is only on the surface a debate over how man came about. What I feel people are really arguing about are different world views.

    The part of society supporting evolution believes firmly in truths by scientific method only. It is one of experimentation, and only accepted if we as humans can understand how the processes or “laws of nature” work. While there are many truths have been successfully explained by this method, it is disconcerting that the secular society relies solely on such methods. You cannot explain God by the scientific method, it is truth by revelation. It is by faith.

    I believe that evolution is a valid theory. But if someone asked me how I though humans came about, I would tell them God created us. I don’t know whether it was really in the seven days Genesis tells us, or if that’s been written in terms more understandable by us humans. So I believe that it was either exactly the way Genesis tells us, or through evolution with God being the cause of it all, but I belive the 15% who believe in evolution w/o God to be in the wrong.

    I have my reservations about the push for public schools to teach intelligent design. Not because I necessarily agree with the secular values of society, but because I find it leads to the slippery slope of Christianity becoming mainstream and by doing so accomodating itself to society so it loses its core meaning, which loses point in the first place.

  2. Antibiotics, bacterial insulin production, HIV drugs. These are just a few examples of medical advances that were possible directly because scientists had an understanding of evolution.* So those of that 51% who have ever had a bacterial infections, diabetes, or HIV should be glad that a few scientists disagree with them.

    * Nearly all bioscience these days is affected by evolutionary theory, though in perhaps less direct ways.

  3. (shrug) those are advancements for sure, and due in part to evolutionary theory.

    but like the story of the lame man who Jesus tells that he is forgiven of his sin, and the lame man is cured, which is the bigger miracle? Jesus asks what is more difficult, to forgive someone of their sin or cure them of their disease.

    what i’m trying to say is that to Christians, the BIG miracle is that forgiveness of sin, and how that was accomplished on the cross. like i said it’s a different way of viewing the world.

  4. I’m not exactly sure what you mean by that, but it seems to me that the spiritual teachings of Christianity need not be connected to it’s historical assertions about our physical reality. Ancient stories about the Earth being the center of the universe, the species being created as is by God, or Eve arising from Adam’s rib… they seem to me born more from supersticious mythology, created by ancient religious leaders who tried to satisfy human curiosity with stories that might have powerful alegorical and metaphorical meaning. I just don’t see why that meaning is any less significant on a spiritual level just because we recognize that our scientific knowledge has become more extensive.

  5. agreed on that last point. science does not necessarily take away from the truths of the Bible, as much of it is “alegorical and metaphorical” in meaning.

    evolution, the world being round and circling the sun, etc. are not in disagreement with the core of the Bible, which is that Jesus is Son of God, came to the world to die for our sins, and rose up again on the third day. =) but science doesn’t explain how sins were forgiven, nor how God can become man, and be resurrected after being dead for three days. so just because science can’t explain that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, that’s all i’m saying. we don’t need to depend on science to prove everything.

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