Friday, April 26, 2013

Evolution: not all opinions are created eqaul

There are many reasonable points of view on any given subject. However not all points of view are created equal and this simple maxim is true when it comes to the subject of evolution.
There are several points of view:

1) Accepting that evolution is good science. Obviously as a scientist I have my inherent biases and tend to think that the most reasonable view is to accept that evolution is excellent science and most likely true. I say most likely because science is a way to describe the world around us and the natural phenomenon and there is always some uncertainty.

2) Being Religious and recognizing that science states that evolution happened over billions of years but because of deeply held religious views you choose to believe God created the world in 6 days and that humans did not evolve from anything else. It is perfectly acceptable to have deeply had religious beliefs, having religious beliefs does not make you small minded or stupid or unintellectual.

Everyone has a set of beliefs about how the world functions around them some people happen to have God in there and some do not. It is intolerant to view those that are religious as being of a lower intellectual standing because of their beliefs. However....

3) Being religious and then trying to use religious arguments to say that the science of evolution isn't any good is one of two things
a) stupid/ignorant
b) dishonest
It is ok to believe that God created the universe in 6 days. But it isn't OK to use your beliefs to lie and distort the beliefs of others. And Evolution needs no defending here, the science is so sound that there is no need to go through point by point about why people make misleading, deceptive or illogical arguments against it.

The reason that people try to make an argument against evolution is that they see it as attack on their beliefs and way of life. But there are plenty of things that are fundamental to Christianity that science says is impossible. The single most important dogma in the Christian religion is impossible according to science. That central belief in Christianity is what exactly? The Resurrection.

According to all medical science a person who has been dead for greater than 48 hours has a zero percent chance of returning to life. The resurrection is impossible according to science and medicine. Have you ever heard a preacher talk about how there is a lot of disagreement in the medical community about the possibility of resurrection or that the whole "remain dead forever" theory is just a theory after all and that 'both sides of the argument' should be taught in school? Of course not, because that would be ridiculous.

As for evolution? The arguments are ridiculous but people still have them anyway. For people who accept the science of evolution as their way of understanding the world we should collectively stop trying to shame people who believe in a religious understanding of the creation of the world. We should always seek to educate and inform but never in a condescending manner.
For the religious who believe that God created the universe and think that evolution is not compatible with those religious beliefs just remember that Christ rising from the dead is incompatible with science too.

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