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Creation vs. Evolution?

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Creation vs. Evolution? There has always been a conflict between the religious world and the scientific world. Whether it be when science first challenged that the earth was not the center of the universe as dictated by the Church, or when it was discovered that the earth was round rather than flat. Both these "theories" today are widely accepted and the rest of society generally ridicules any persons that believe the earth is the center of the universe or that the world is flat. However, at the time of their discovery, there was massive outcry by the religious community, as they believed it contradicted the "facts" in the bible. The religious community has always been wary of new scientific discoveries as they feel that it threatens the power of their God. In this paper, I will focus on one theory that has been in conflict with the church for the past hundred years. The theory of evolution. For the purpose of this paper, when referring to religions creationism, I mean the creationist beliefs held by Christians, Jews and Muslims. The reason I have chosen to be isolated to those three religions is because they share a common history, and being three of the world's largest religions encompasses the majority of world opinion. The theory of evolution is simple; over millions of years, primitive life forms have changed to higher life forms and eventually to all the species that we see today. Religious creationism, or orthodox creationism says that God created the world exactly the way it is today and more importantly, God created humans exactly the way they are today. ...read more.

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In respect to the laws of nature, the idea of entropy would limit this chance evolution. Entropy is the amount of disorder in the universe; high entropy is high degree of randomness. In natural law, objects of high entropy are more thermodynamically stable, meaning they do not have the tendency to change. Objects of low entropy are thermodynamically unstable, and have the tendency to more towards higher entropy. In simple terms, it is against universal law for things to move from a state of disorganization to a state of high organization. An example of this would be a bicycle falling apart over time; this is the law of nature. You would never see a pile of bicycle parts spontaneously come together to form a bicycle. Therefore in terms of thermodynamics, it is impossible for low entropy amino acids to evolve to highly organized organisms such as humans, regardless of the amount of time given. In the end, it is simply impossible that the evolution of life occurred simply as a product of chance; there must have been some sort of divine guidance. The remainder of this paper will be used to draw comparisons between creationism and evolutionism. Through these connections, I will try to draw the two theories together to form one coherent one. To start, in Genesis 1 "God created the heavens and the earth." Christians in general believe that this verse is referring to a sudden burst of creation. It is believed that God existed outside of time and existed before creation. ...read more.

Conclusion

Christians evolutionists believe that God set the framework and the "rules of the game" that allowed for the evolution of Humans. The story of creation, as written in the Bible is probably one of the most well-known and repeated stories in western civilization. This constant repetition is one of the major reasons that most of society is unwilling to accept anything except Divine Creation. However, in religious circles, specifically Christians, Jews and Muslims, the problem lies in theology. The idea that humans are not a divine creation and that the Bible is not completely accurate is hard to grasp. But, there is actually no need for the religious world to be so afraid of accepting science. The Bible, while not completely accurate, is by no means false. It is simply not to be taken literally, the ideas held within the Bible are true, and the stories are told to either make the ideas easier to understand, or to give examples for Christians to follow. The idea that humans are not divine creations is also a half-truth. Although humans were not created in an ultimate creative moment, our evolution must have been guided by some divine being. The incredibly intricate human body is evidence enough that we cannot have occurred simply by chance. In the end, it would not be anti-religious, or anti-evolutionary to believe that God used the Big Band and directed evolution. Evolutionists give us the answers to "how" and religion gives us the answers to "why." Albert Einstein, one of the greatest thinkers of all times said it best. "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind" (Cited in Berry 1). ...read more.

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