The ongoing scientific investigation of how exactly evolution occurred and continues to occur has been an argumentative idea amongst society since Darwin first articulated it over a century ago. The scientific basis of evolution accounts for happenings that are also essential concerns of religion; both religion and science focus on the origins of humans and of biological diversity. For instance, in the reading “Truth Cannot Contradict Truth,” Pope John Paul II, addressing the Pontifical Academy of Science, discussed the matter of God as creator of man. The Pope explains that men cannot relate to animals because men are superior. The reasoning for that is because God created humans under his likeness.
Besides criticizing evolution, Creationists are seeking scientific evidence of their own, to support the creation account in Genesis. They only problem with this is that Creationists are crossing the boundaries between religion and science by trying to entwine these two origins which isn't an effective pairing because religion doesn't require proof but science does. Scientists are now doing the same because at first they were staying into their own realm but it after posing that the theory of evolution can be scientifically proven, scientists are going against the Bible. Therefore, scientists are also crossing the boundary. Creation science, which is a belief that God created the Earth and all the creatures in it, is not science because creation by God or another divinity does not give concrete scientific explanation of life's origin.
Independently of the biblical narrative, the Christian beliefs in the immortality of the soul and in humans as “created in the image of God” have appeared to many as contrary to the evolutionary origin of humans from nonhuman animals” (Ayala). Scores of religious groups were shaken up over Darwin’s work, and... ... middle of paper ... ...ossible to know where humans would be today if Darwin had not developed his theory when he did, but it is not going out on a limb to say mankind’s understanding of Earth, and the life within it, would be substantially less coherent. Works Cited Aras, Gamze. “Social Impacts on the Theory of Evolution.” Foundation Magazine. March 1999.
Common ground between the two subjects is a very rough place, but it can be achieved. Reconciliation between the subjects has been achieved but few are standing by it because even the compromise is controversial. The beliefs of Charles Robert Darwin, as shown in his book On the Origin of Species, are controversial religiously and have been debated since its’ publication. Darwin writes “I see no good reason why the views given in this volume should shock the religious feelings of any one” (Darwin 329). This was not how religious activists saw the book; they attacked Darwin’s beliefs and stated it is in opposition of some religious beliefs.
There are many beliefs about how we came to be. There is the religious belief, there is the “Big Bang” theory, and there is the belief that we evolved from lower life forms. Its hard to say exactly how life came to be and who have the right answer. A person can take one of the two views on the origin of life. Either they believe there is a creator (creationist) or they believe (evolutionist) but with a thorough examination of scientific evidence one must believe that evolution is the basis for our existence.
Some of the writers have said that science and creationism can be related because of what they believe in. However, others have been completely against saying that you can’t go against your religion. In my opinion, I think that both science and creationism are similar and compatible to one another because its what you as a person chose to believe in. In the first reading, “Science, Evolution and Creationism”, it discusses the theory of evolution, the study of biological evolution, and experiments that have been done. In the beginning of this reading it discusses the theory of evolution.
Science and Religion: A Christian's Response to Biology Introduction In the beginning, God created...the earth and the heavens, or an evolving mass of matter, later to become the heavens and the earth? The conflict between science and religion is a hot topic in many intellectual circles today. One of the more controversial topics is creation versus evolution. How did the world get to where it is right now? How was creation initiated?
Before Darwin published his Origin of Species, evolution wasn’t widely known and only proposed by a few scientists. It wasn’t until Darwin had published his findings with a mechanism for evolutionary divergence that it was accepted as a scientific theory. This again proves that alternate theories for the origins of life must be backed by evidence. Although many anti-evolutionists try to deny scientific evidence and use religious text as fact, they can’t prove that evolution isn’t the process for how the modern anatomical man exists today. Until they have evidence, they should not rally to label evolution as a “controversial hypothesis” given that there is overwhelming evidence that supports it.
“Cloning is great if God made the original then making copies should be fine” (Doug Coupland).But many religious don't consider cloning just fine like Doug those. Cloning is the act of making a person thought genetic engineered instead of a natural process. The debate whether scientists are “playing God” has probably never been more real than now. Scientist advances have shaken religious beliefs to their roots repeatedly through the ages, but as much as religious leaders want to push scientists to think more about the morality of their work, scientists are pushing religious leaders back to the basic tenets of their faiths. Religion beliefs are the main reason for their opposition against cloning .
Another comes from the world of science and is based on evidence that has surfaced over the last century. The theory of evolution comes into direct conflict with another theory that has been around for thousands of years, the theory of creation. The theory of evolution claims that humans have evolved over thousands of years from apes. The creation theory discredits evolution and claims that God created man. As the teaching of the theory of evolution has been accepted into most public schools, a new controversy has arisen about whether or not the theory of creation should also be taught in public schools.