Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Evolution v. Religion

Perhaps this is my naivete, but I still haven't figured out why evolution and religion are mutually exclusive.

I understand why religion doesn't agree with the notion that humans evolved from some four-legged creature. That theory is a bit tough to swallow whether you are religious or not.

But what about the differences in races? If we are all descended from god's original two human creations, Adam and Eve, how are there so many races and genetic differences in human beings? Survey a Scandinavian and a sub-Saharan African and the immediate thought is not that they are from the same family. Straight hair v. curly hair, dark hair v. light hair.

If religion answers this question, please let me know. Otherwise, it seems that evolution is the most useful tool to explain the vast physical differences among human beings.

14 Comments:

At 12:21 PM, August 10, 2005 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

Well, one could believe that Adam and Eve originated in East Africa, but then developed characteristics of Scandanavians, for example.

I was just thinking about this yesterday. Jesus taught people how to catch fish. Fish are living beings, and ostensibly God created this creatures. So is it ethical to kill and eat them? It must be if Jesus did it.

Embryos have tails, which some believe suggests that humans actually evolved from some other creature, possibly a fish. If that's true, and fish are somehow not divine, what does that say about humans??

I dunno. I just believe that humans are in a different category from other animals in God's eyes. I can't even begin to pontificate about what that means. After all, if I try to speak for God that makes me like BUSH!!!

 
At 9:38 AM, August 11, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Yes, but how did they develop the characteristics of Scandinavians is the question.

About the fish thing, I think the Bible says that god gave man dominion over the earth and all the plants and animals on it. Or something like that.

Humans are most definitely in a different category than other beings, which is why I find it hard to believe we descended from lizards or something.

A religious friend of mine once told me he believes in evolution. His caveat is that Adam and Eve didn't necessarily look like We (the collective humanity "we") look today. I suppose that's where the analysis lies.

 
At 12:59 PM, August 11, 2005 , Blogger bombsoverbaghdad said...

They would have come to look Scandanavian by living in northern europe for centuries...

 
At 6:17 PM, August 11, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Isn't that evolution? Adapting genetic characteristics to environment.

 
At 9:12 PM, August 29, 2005 , Blogger Alan said...

I can't speak on behalf of all religion. I do know, however, that the Christian faith does not contradict the notion that after life on earth was created, it evolved.

Christians do not believe that evolution explains the origin of man, as Darwin may have. The origin of man can be explained in the 6-day creation account in Genisis. The extinction of "pre-historic" species can be explained in the flood. The divirsity of life after the flood can be explained in minor evolutionary changes since that time.

 
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