posted on Nov, 22 2004 @ 05:28 PM
Ok i know this realy should not be posted hear (its not realy a conspiresy) but a lot of the posts are not conspiresys eather and just genral god
talk. So i though i would post this essay i wrote and see what people think about it(ps i cant just post the fist paragraf and a link becuse its only
on my computer) also any mods feel free to delet this post if you think i have gone to off topic for the bord.
The theory of evolution, which states that humans evolved from a prototype ape, in my opinion does not disprove or even attempt to disprove the
existence of God. It is a method by which life and the various species on this planet could have come in to being but does not attempt to challenge a
divine origin to the universe, but simply give a way by which the present day natural order could have come in to being. Whether it was controlled by
God is of no importance to the theory of evolution. It does, however, bring in to question certain key Christian beliefs about the uniqueness of
human beings. For example it will question the existence of the soul, the reason for our morality and other higher functions which do not appear to
be present in other animals and that humans are superior to the rest of the animal kingdom.
Probably the largest point evolution forces people to reconsider is the existence of a soul. The soul is fundamental to Christian teachings and its
existence would seem impossible if we were to evolve from lesser creatures. There are several responses to this problem. The most obvious is to deny
that we have an immortal component. This is unacceptable to almost all Christians but is the standard belief for most atheists. A second would be
that each and every animal had a potential for a soul so that when we or any animal reached a certain stage of evolution the latent dormant soul
(presumably a gift from God) would emerge and that species would then be capable of ascending to heaven. Lastly, and probably with the least
followers, is that all life, no matter how small or big, has a soul and will live forever after death. This shows that to accept evolution humanity
needs to lose some of the uniqueness which they appear to have in the Bible.
Both evolution scientists and Christians will agree that humans are different to other animals. We appear to be the only species on the earth that
makes moral choices to form bonds based on love and have the most complex social structure. However, the Bible would seem to suggest that the reason
for these points would be that we were made in the image of God. This would seem to suggest that humanity has a special place in Gods eyes and that
because we received these gifts and no other form of life we know about did, we are more important than other animals. However if evolution is to be
believed then these unique characteristics are due to our large brain to body size ratio, which is the largest on the planet and the extraordinary
number of connections human neurones are able to make. This is the result of natural selection. If this is taken as true we lose the special place we
appear to have with God and it also means that any animal could evolve to this stage meaning that humanity loses the exclusivity it has under
In Christian belief humanity was given mastery of the earth. We were given dominion over all its creatures and allowed to utilise it in any way we saw
fit. However, evolution places us on a par with other animals meaning that we have no right to exploit the earth in any way that will be damaging to
it. Under evolution humanity loses its superiority over animals and because of this to accept evolution is to disregard or at least adapt one of the
points which under Christian belief make humans unique.
In conclusion evolution does not challenge the existence of God. It does though make Christians, who accept the theory of evolution, reconsider what
the Bible says about humanitys importance and humanitys separation from other animals. I would agree with this totally and would say that
traditional Christian views need to be drastically altered if evolution is to be accepted.
Any coment are welcome
[Edited on 23-11-2004 by Elfwood]