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he never denied the existence of God.In fact,at the time of writing On the Origin of Species he believed God was the First Cause.
"I never gave up Christianity until I was forty years of age."
"There is no evidence that man was aboriginally endowed with the ennobling belief in the existence of an Omnipotent God.On the contrary there is ample evidence,derived not from hasty travellers,but from men who have long resided with savages,that numerous races have existed,and still exist,who have no idea of one or more gods,and who have no words in their languages to express such an idea.The question is of course wholly distinct from that higher one,whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the universe;and this has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed."
atheists have, but they are only half to blame, there are many of my fellow christians who regard evolution as an affront to our religion.
Ten years ago an "evolutionist" believing in god really wasn't a big deal.. now it's akin to renouncing god to some fundies.
Your claim couldn't be further from the truth . . .
Atheists believe in rational thinking and the scientific process.
Atheism and evolution have always gone hand-in-hand to religious persecution and genocide.
I find it funny that the OP credits Darwinism to atheism and in the same breath says "maybe Genesis is just a story."
Originally posted by jakyll
As the theory of evolution didn't appear until the 19th century,what persecutions are you talking about??
As for genocide,i refer you to my other thread;essential reading.
Originally posted by Clearskies
If you believe in Christianity, you believe what Jesus taught from the Tenach about creation.
But, to a religious person, atheism (in all it's historical power) is responsible or tied to these atrocities . . . well . . . at least I know which way your propaganda pole leans!
Ummmm, Stalin, Mao, Many others I don't remember right now, without googling.
Tell that to the inferior races under Hitler who used Lamarkian evolution.
Mark 10:6 says, “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’” From this passage, we see that Jesus clearly taught that the creation was young, for Adam and Eve existed “from the beginning,” not billions of years after the universe and earth came into existence. Jesus made a similar statement in Mark 13:19 indicating that man’s sufferings started very near the beginning of creation. The parallel phrases of “from the foundation of the world” and “from the blood of Abel” in Luke 11:50–51 also indicate that Jesus placed Abel very close to the beginning of creation, not billions of years after the beginning. His Jewish listeners would have assumed this meaning in Jesus’ words, for the first-century Jewish historian Josephus indicates that the Jews of his day believed that both the first day of creation and Adam’s creation were about 5,000 years before Christ.1