Can you believe in God and Evolution ?
The scientific theory of evolution is under attack – and not just in the United States alone but on a global scale. A study published last year shows that the population of US and Turkey are the least likely to believe in theory of evolution. The study was conducted over 34 countries which include Japan, US and 32 European nations. The question was “ Did human beings develop from earlier species of animals? ”
Very shockingly(still can’t wrap my brain around this statistics!) only 14% of the adult US population actually believe in evolution, completely outnumbered by the one-third who firmly reject the idea. Turkey, where 99% of its population is Muslim, agreed with the same. It’s only safe to conclude that the Muslim population, in general, reject the theory of evolution strongly. (Aha, have I discovered the one thing these bitter religious enemies have in common?)
Recently in the US republican debate for the 2008 elections, I heard most of the religious, traditionalist, christian republican candidates believe and preach that god created every human being in a divine intervention and they did not “evolve” from primates. It’s interesting to me that in the United States, a Christian country, and in Turkey a muslim country both vehemently deny any science behind evolution. It got me thinking : if you are severely theist, can you not believe in evolution?
I heard this from Republican Sam Brownback( during the recent debate) and I quote :
“There is no one single theory of evolution, as proponents of punctuated equilibrium and classical Darwinism continue to feud today. Many questions raised by evolutionary theory — like whether man has a unique place in the world or is merely the chance product of random mutations — go beyond empirical science and are better addressed in the realm of philosophy or theology. The most passionate advocates of evolutionary theory offer a vision of man as a kind of historical accident. That being the case, many believers — myself included — reject arguments for evolution that dismiss the possibility of divine causality.”
All I can say is “huh” ? Divine causality? Really?
I don’t know what to say. For the first time, I have no comment, coz I am so dumbfounded by all this flurry of disbelief in this country(USA), the most scientifically advanced in the world and here, only 14% believe in the “Science” of evolution. Quite shocking.
My opinion? I believe evolution is a science. Like any other aspect of science, there are many unkowns and not everything has proof in this world. That doesn’t mean it doesnt exist or it didn’t happen. When theists can believe in god who does not have proof or physically exist or scientifically proven to do all the things written in relegious scriptures(bible, bhagavad gita etc..) why is to hard to believe genetics and its theories which have atleast been partially solved? Theists believe that some “energy” or a non existent/visible superpower called god has just thrown us and scattered us all on this earth, without any scientific backing. That to me is absolute obscurity and ambiguity. But The “evolution science” they say is obscure and ambiguous?
I don’t know the answer to the question I posed above ” Can you believe in God and Evolution?”. I believe in evoltuion and you know my belief system in god. I have written quite a bit about that in two previous posts. (Part 1 and Part 2).
So, there you go! I’m ending this post on this note, with some food for thought. Please do think about it , read about it and share your thoughts and opinions with me.
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