Do you believe in the theory of evolution, or do you believe the world was created by a God?Connis33 - 8 Answers
I believe that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution is currently the best explanation for the diversity of life on this planet, and I certainly do not accept the premise that it was created -- even if only initially -- by a mythical creator.
I happen to agree with Royalg23 that evolution and the God hypothesis don't go together as well as some suggest, partly for the excellent reasons he provided. I also reject such a pairing because they are the inevitable result of two very different philosophical approaches.
One cannot take a theological approach and arrive at an evolutionary conclusion, nor can one follow the scientific method and arrive at the conclusion of divine creation. To make either God fit the scientific method or to make evolution fit the theological approach requires rationalizations, cherry-picking and compartmentalization.
As Chris demonstrated, adjusting theology to make evolution fit necessarily changes the fundamental nature of the creator -- from a deity who is supposedly engaged in every minute detail of nature to one who merely puts the wheels in motion, then sits back and watches.
Conversely, to make God fit into the evolutionary explanation, one must ignore the very standards of objective examination of evidence that suggest evolution in the first place. One must essentially say, "all the evidence suggests an evolutionary explanation, and it doesn't suggest God at all, but I like the idea of God, so I'll just ignore that and fit him in their somehow."
Just a little comment on one of the above answers - evolution does not say that humans came from apes and monkeys. That's a very common misconception. Evolution actually says that humans share a common ancestor with apes and monkeys. Also, evolution happens very, very slowly, so even though we don't notice humans evolving, we probably still are. And, a big factor in evolution is the need to adapt to an environment. The fact that we now have the ability to adapt our environments to suit us slows the process down even more. (Sorry about the digression. I just automatically go into "correction mode" when I see or hear anything about "evolving from monkeys.")
Now, to answer the actual question, like some of the above posters, I don't think belief in evolution and belief in God have to be mutally exclusive. I personally believe that a creator, supreme being, consciousness, God, or whatever you wish to call the entity had something to do with creating the universe and setting the universal laws into motion. I don't think he/she/it is directly tweaking things as they go, but the universal laws allow evolution to take place. There's just too much in the universe for that much micromanaging!
Its tough to say. If either of those were true than everybody would flock to that way of thinking. I would have to say I don't know. But its hard to say that a big bang caused all of this or that we evolved from apes and monkeys. If this were the case than why aren't we still evolving naturally? I think it is becoming more and more safe to assume that this world that we are living in, was created by a higher authority. Whether you want to call it God, Yahweh, Supreme Being, or whatever you name it.
The way our bodies heal naturally and all of the intricate parts of our bodies that work together. The miracle of child birth. All of the various living organisms, plants, animals, birds, clouds, sun stars, moon, all working together to provide life. Its hard to imagine that all of this came from a big bang or it just happened by accident.
Then again, if you believe in a creator called God, who created God?
Why does it have to be an either/or question? Why does it have to be impossible to believe that God created life that has the wonderful ability to change over time? I believe in God, an all powerful being or force that created all that exists, but I also believe in evolution and see it as a process created by God.
There is simply too much evidence for the process of evolution, in terms of the fossil record and genetic similarities to not believe in it. The changes we have forced on our domesticated species shows what is possible through genetic manipulation. Look at a miniature poodle and its ancestor the wolf and how different they are. They would be considered two different species if found as fossil remains and are so different that a wild wolf would not even recognise a miniature poodle as a member of the same species but would see it as a prey species.
While I respect the position put forth by the above 2 posters, I feel that if both evolution and God went hand in hand, we would have to see God as nothing more than a very very careless and sloppy biochemist. The mechanism of action behind evolution is a long, tedious and completely random process of innumerable failures that mostly kill the host organisms followed by the rare success resulting in evolution. If we entertain the idea that God is a sentient being with wisdom and intent, it seems unlikely that he'd waste life so indiscriminately or that it would take so many attempts to get a result he was happy enough with to let live. Admittedly, this isn't proof that God doesn't exist but it certainly doesn't make any sense when you combine it with evolution and there's nothing to suggest the pair are valid....
I believe in both things. How did evolution start. I think we'll all find out that consciousness is the fundamental part of the universe. It has evolved into us somehow. It's really beyond my comprehension.
We're like bacteria in a test tube compared to some of the stuff that's probably out there. God is like a metaphor. Maybe he is a metaphor for consciousness. I'm not sure. I haven't read a lot on what God is.
The creationists and the evolutionists both have validity in my head. They might be 2 sides to the same coin. I think of God as encompassing everything. It's all of us. God is not separate from us, it is us. It is not a he, but something beyond it all. Thank you for the question.
I believe in both God and evolution. I think the world was originally created by God but continues to evolve everyday. I really doubt we are living among the original plants and animals that God created....
I believe in evolution. There is no evidence for God. You would have to have an explanation for how God came into existence, and there isn't a plausible theory as of yet....