CREATIONISM v EVOLUTION or FRED FLINTSTONE MEETS GEORGE JETSON
The problem with this ongoing debate is the failure of each opposing party to at least consider the others proposal. The evolutionist – generally the rational/scientific approach type – scoffs at the notion of a God that created all that we know, all that is, in a week of cosmic hyper-activity. The creationist – generally the bible reading type – refuses to study scientific evidence, such as fossil record and carbon dating, that explains a lot about the universe and is often fact-based.
It is difficult to dispute the myriad scientific evidence compiled by detailed study over centuries of examination that Earth is old and that the universe is older. How can a dead animal turn to stone in 8,700 years, give or take a few centuries? It is equally difficult, at least as viewed by believers, to dispute that an omnipotent God did not create the universe in a week, since the bible tells us so. And, omnipotent is able to do anything, after all.
So where do the twain meet? Having the ambassador’s nature of trying to bring two opposing sides to a common place, I have a different view. On the one hand I ascribe The Great One far more credit than having waved a magic wand as in, Let there be light. And there was light. On the other hand, I find the belief in the randomness of creation a little too simple.
In spite of vast progress made over the last two or three centuries in scientific endeavors, we cannot even create an alga cell. Our greatest achievements and discoveries have occurred largely in the inanimate realms, i.e. physics, inorganic chemistry, and other non-living and easily understood topics. So, while we cannot create a simplest form of life, we are masters at manipulating 1s and 0s (computer brains) and taking old dead plant and animal residue and turning it into – dubiously – useful products (plastic). The pinnacle of our achievement to date is nicely illustrated by the smart phone, which combines both 1s and 0s encased within a plastic shell made from dead dinosaurs.
And if the bible is the Word, why did mankind evolve (some might argue that we declined) from stone tablets to smart phones in just a few thousand years?
The principles of science and the observations of nature are frequently described as elegant. The beautiful balance between electrons and protons. The perfect structure of the photon. The connection of all matter in the universe by gravitation. Is it possible that the universe was created by a Higher Order? That instead of waving a magic wand the Higher Order created the perfection we call Nature? That the universe is unfolding as it should? Could science be nothing more than mans inchoate attempt to explain what The Great One built on the foundation of natural laws?
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