Religion & Evolution

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In my short life on this planet I have come to question things that many take upon blind faith. We all know that we must some day die; yet we continuously deny the forces at work inside ourselves, which want to search out the answers of what may or may not come after. It is far easier for humanity to accept that they will go to a safe haven and be rewarded for their lives with pleasures and fantasies of an unfathomable scale than to question the existence of a supposed omnipotent being. Yet, there are a few of us humans who tend to question the why's and wherefore's that society puts forth to us. We question the existence of God, or the creation of mankind rather than blindly accepting faith-filled beliefs we may received from our parents as children.

Perhaps it is because we live in a nation filled with many peoples of different beliefs whose Gods are all so varied and different that it is difficult to fathom that they are all the same divine being. It is also plausible that we just have a desire to quench the thirst for knowledge that lies deep within ourselves. As for myself, I cannot believe in a being which created a universe and a multitude of worlds in a rather short period of time then deigns to lower itself into becoming a puppet-master and "pulling the strings" of the Earth and all of the people therein. Since this paper touches upon many scientific terms, I feel that in order for the reader to correctly grasp the content I must first define three words: Theory, Law, and Hypothesis.

The definitions will allow for a greater understanding of this essay and give us an even ground upon which to begin.Theory; noun1. a. Systematically organized knowledge applicable in a relatively wide variety of circumstances, especially a system of assumptions, accepted principles, and rules of procedure devised to analyze, predict, or otherwise explain the nature or behavior of a specified set of phenomena. b. Such knowledge or such a system.2.

An assumption based on limited information or knowledge; a conjecture.Law; (l") noun12. a. A formulation describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met: the law of gravity. b.

A generalization based on consistent experience or results: the law of supply and demand; the law of averages.Hypothesis; noun1. A tentative ex...

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...upon which the bible are based, and the ones which espouse creationism are but a few. Being a western culture we tend to forget this.In summary I believe that evolution is the only plausible of these two theories which is acceptable to the current state of humanity. In closing I leave you with a simple, yet disturbing statement that a great man once told me: "it is not what you believe; it's what you can prove."5 Creationism is based upon belief; evolution is based upon scientific proof.

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