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Can religious and scientific ideas about creation ever be compatible?

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Can religious and scientific ideas about creation ever be compatible? Nearly all of the major world religions have a story on creation and how the world came to be. The majority of these involve God, the creator, making everything using great precision and care. However, not everybody believes that the world was made like this. Some people (usually scientists) believe that the world was created by a Big bang, and that things then evolved from the products of the bang. What I shall try to prove is whether or not religious (Christian) and scientific creation ideas can complement each other. ...read more.

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Many people would say that should his theories and the scientific research be true, then the Bible cannot be correct. However, a large proportion of Christians believe that the Bible can be compatible with evolution. Liberal Christians believe that in the Bible, a day in Hebrew actually means a period of time. That can make the theory coincide with Genesis. Scientific evidence proves that the account in Genesis is actually the correct order in which all things must have been created. They believe that God only put his spirit into man when he was fully evolved. Others state that the creation story was never meant to be a scientific account. ...read more.

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They claim that if the writer had known about the scientific and geological evidence that is available today that calls for the Big Bang, he would have been influenced by that, and interpreted it in some way relating to God. So the answer to the question - can religious and scientific ideas about creation ever be compatible is yes, as long as the story is taken liberally. When the Genesis account is taken literally the two ideas clash, and so there is a strong contradiction. However, if the Genesis story was not meant to be interpreted like that, the two coincide and they complement each other. Being a Christian does not mean that you cannot accept a scientific explanation. It means that you must accept God as the Creator, which can be supported by both arguments. ...read more.

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