Evolution vs. Creationism
Merriam-Webster Dictionary has defined the definition of evolution as:
A theory that the various types of animals and plants have their origin in other preexisting types and that the distinguishable differences are due to modifications in successive generations
It also defines creationism as:
A doctrine or theory holding that matter, the various forms of life, and the world were created by God out of nothing and usually in the way described in Genesis
Charles Darwin, one of the founding fathers of evolution, explained the means of evolution in his Origin of Species. His evolution theory is a premise on natural selection, which is based on survival of the fittest, random variations, and struggle for survival. This finding over time has become, widely known as Social Darwinism, a major attack on Scripture. This challenges God as the designer and the status of humanity.
Here are the counter-arguments from non-creationists:
Creationism is based on the religious belief that there is an intellectual designer of the universe, humanity, and Earth. The prominent group of these believers is Christian Fundamentalists, who specifically believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible. They target against the theory of evolution.
William Paley introduced the watchmaker analogy in his Natural Theology, which stated that there is an intelligent designer. Creationists often use this analogy to support their claims against the theory of evolution.
Here are some questions for you guys to consider:
1. What is your view on the controversy between evolution and creationism?
2. Is Evolution just a theory? Does Creationist have solid evidence to argue against Evolution?
3. Scopes Trial led to the questioning of the teaching of evolution as being part of the public school curriculum. What is your take on this matter? Should just evolution, creationism, or both be taught in the public school system?
4. Earlier we’ve read John Paul II’s address on the need for a dialogue relationship between religion and science, which maintains both identity and integrity. Do you agree with this? If not which one of Barbour’s taxonomy would you classify the two?
-Khulan, Riley and Ryan