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Life couldn't have spontaneously popped into existence, something had to have created it.
The Earth couldn't have spontaneously popped into existence, something had to have created it.
The Universe couldn't have spontaneously popped into existence, something had to have created it.
And since this thread is about Darwin, note that HE initially believed in God
So if Darwin believed in God at one time, why shouldn't all the people who believe his theory of evolution also believe in God?
Originally posted by Welfhard
reply to post by Arbitrageur
It wasn't obvious at first but I realised you were kidding.
Sorry if my post wasn't clear enough and I made you write that rebuttal for nothing, but it probably wasn't a waste because I'm sure some people will read it who still haven't questioned if what they were taught to believe is really true or not, and maybe they can benefit from your explanations.
You will never understand Spiritual knowledge and wisdom, while believing you evolved from slime or a nuckle dragging chimp.
Originally posted by OpenYourHead
I don't believe in a God, but I do believe in a superior race far advanced beyond comprehension somewhere in our universe. Maybe those are our creators?
Originally posted by shamhat
I would say that with only a fraction of a doubt, any lifeform that existed and evolved, within this universe would have the same four genetic markers found on all life on this planet. It stands to reason. It is also likely that they would look relatively similar, two eyes, two legs, two arms etc, to us too.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
But some of your assumptions seem unfounded, like the assumption that aliens would evolve to look like us. Just look at the evidence of evolution on Earth. For most of the Earth's history, there were no creatures like us, and the dominant lifeforms had more than 2 legs. That's true whether you measure dominance by size (dinosaurs) or numbers (insects) or intelligence. So the bipedal life form hasn't even been predominant on Earth (only for the blink of an eye in the earth's long history) so it seems unrealistic to expect it to be predominant elsewhere.
Also the genetic development on an alien planet could be entirely different. Unless there was some panspermia (such as could be possible between Mars and Earth), there is no reason to expect the transfer of genetic materials between worlds, especially of they are in different star systems.
Another factor to consider is that most planets will be smaller or larger than Earth, so things like differing gravity and atmosphere will have evolutionary pressures on the most successful lifeforms. For example tall skinny animals like Giraffes may not be physically capable of supporting themselves on a larger planet with higher gravity, or perhaps bipedal lifeforms may be less practical on those planets and creatures with 4 or 6 legs may be better able to support their greater weight with more legs.
Originally posted by diakrite
On racism; YES,Darwin was a racist,
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Creation and evolution are not at odds. It was created aged, with the appearance that it evolved. Works for me.
Interestingly the Bible itself says that we have been in the seventh day of creation for essentially all of recorded history. Thus a day of creation may be very long indeed.