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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Intelligent Design and Evolution: Demands your Critical Thinking

Recently, an edict from the Vatican has declared that the theory of evolution is totally compatible with the Bible. This went unnoticed in the debate that is brewing, that may grow to hurricane like strength.

Surprisingly, in recent polls, many Americans did not understand what evolution is, but they knew they did not believe in it. And many that I have talked to, view evolution as a taboo subject that they just do not want to explore. The last person who I talked to thought the key element of evolution was the Big Bang Theory. I tried to inform him that Charles Darwin was around previous to that theory and those two ideas exist completely separate on their own legs of logic.

What surprises me more the person I talked with is a very intelligent person, but his mind was closed to the subject, not only did he have limited knowledge of evolution, he did not care to learn. He did however believe firmly in "Intelligent Design", and could explain that idea fully.

On a trip to Washington DC yesterday, I went to the Natural History Museum, one whole section of the museum was dedicated to explaining the process of evolution, and there was a small movie theater that would explain what evolution is. I was surprised to see people not even entering this part of the museum, and crowds were in other areas.

Resistance to the idea of evolution is not new. The "monkey trials" were some of the first challenges to the concept of evolution being taught in our schools. To be a teacher, and teach evolution could lead to some unfortunate consequences.

And through the ages there have been conflicts with scientific thought versus religion. Columbus was almost considered a heretic for thinking the world was not flat. At this website you can see the history of beliefs and the conflict with religious thought.

Can the theory of evolution be compatible with a belief in God? That seems like the crux of the argument today, that may try to divide us. And no matter what your belief, if it is "Intelligent Design", "Evolution," or even perhaps a combination of the both, I encourage you to be informed, and learn the concepts of each. To read about "evolution" go here. To read about "intelligent design" go here. But to make an intelligent decision read both.


At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the folks that won’t accept evolution have been misled by their religious influences. Recently, a creationist friend told me that humans couldn’t have evolved from monkeys. I agreed, which really through her off balance.

I have friends that went to Liberty U and, due to misleading instruction, completely misunderstand many scientific principles.

At 9:23 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Thank you for the comment. Sometimes I am totally amazed at how the understanding of evolution is distorted. My hope in presenting this, would be that regardless of what someone beliefs are that they will at least know the subject matter.

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Gravy Beard said...

Great post Bob!



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