So, I'm back to blogging on topics that have me peeved off again. I'm not sure why, but I keep hearing time and time again, the idea of evolution vs. creationism. It's only ever presented as one or the other. No one ever brings in the third choice - that you believe in BOTH!
I'm a scientist. I of course believe in evolution. It's fairly obvious from both nature and the fossil record that creatures on earth have evolved over time and continue to evolve.
I'm also a christian. I believe in the omnipotent power of something larger and more powerful than myself. I believe in a loving and forgiving God who created the universe. No matter how far you go back, there has to be a beginning, and how we began and why remains a mystery. To me, its a mystery of faith.
So, based on the black or white world in which many people live, that seems like a conundrum. How can you believe in both? Well, I did go through that same crisis, when I was a CHILD. When I was young, my mind had not matured to believe that these ideas could co-exist. I was a fairly geeky child, and I recall reading about Darwin and his finches when I was quite young. So, seeing how this didn't quite line up with another book that I had read, the Bible, I went to the foremost authorities on all things - my parents. I remember sitting down with my Mom and asking; how can this be? My Mom's answer to me was simple. Genesis is a book that was written by men based on what was given to man at the time, many years ago. The words of God in the Bible were given to man to help him understand his world in a way that he could comprehend. The statement that she gave me that has always stuck with me, was "What makes you think that a day that is depicted in the Bible is a true 24 hour day that we observe now? What makes you think that He sees time as you do?" I thought about that, I read some more, and thought some more, and then came to the revelation that creation did not have to be an instantaneous process. That in itself, evolution is a miraculous event and speaks to a higher and larger power.
These are my beliefs in a nutshell. I get very frustrated when I get lumped in with people who feel either that evolution is heretic and should not be taught to children, or that religious beliefs are outdated superstition. I believe neither. Education and discussion is the answer. An open mind can see all possibilities and a closed mind sees nothing but limitations.
Have a great day!