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Re: Evolution, Religion, and Academic Scientists

Carol — two quick points. One, I don’t think it’s true that “any belief in an intelligent creator” is inconsistent with evolution. As I stated in my original post, scientists do not claim to know much about the creation of life itself. Rather, it’s belief in a creator who intervened after this initial creation — who, say, sculpted modern species directly in his own image — from which evolutionary theory chips away. Evolutionary science demonstrates that processes like mutation and selection occur, and that these processes can account for much to all of the development between single-celled organisms and human beings.

Also, I think it’s important to note that religions take stances on far more than just the circumstances surrounding the creation and evolution of life. It seems to me that religious people in general are more concerned with how to live their lives — how to get to the afterlife in a way of which God approves. Evolution makes no threat to those teachings whatsoever.

Again, evolutionary theory is inconsistent with some religious beliefs, particularly creation myths. Whether you can reconcile scientifically ascertained facts with your faith depends on how you interpret and how much you value different parts of that faith; it’s not flat-out impossible.

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