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My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you
The most compelling evidence for evolution comes from the study of genes.
April 10th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

My Take: Jesus would believe in evolution and so should you

Editor's Note: Karl W. Giberson, Ph.D., is vice president of The BioLogos Foundation and is the author or coauthor of seven books, including The Language of Science and Faith.

By Karl W. Giberson, Special to CNN

Jesus once famously said, “I am the Truth.”

Christianity at its best embodies this provocative idea and has long been committed to preserving, expanding and sharing truth. Most of the great universities of the world were founded by Christians committed to the truth—in all its forms—and to training new generations to carry it forward.

When science began in the 17th century, Christians eagerly applied the new knowledge to alleviate suffering and improve living conditions.

But when it comes to the truth of evolution, many Christians feel compelled to look the other way. They hold on to a particular interpretation of an ancient story in Genesis that they have fashioned into a modern account of origins - a story that began as an oral tradition for a wandering tribe of Jews thousands of years ago.

This is the view on display in a $27 million dollar Creation Museum in Kentucky. It inspired the Institute for Creation Research, which purports to offer scientific support for creationism.

And it’s hardly a fringe view. A 2010 Gallup poll indicated that 4 in 10 Americans think that “God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.” (http://www.gallup.com/poll/145286/four-americans-believe-strict-creationism.aspx)

While Genesis contains wonderful insights into the relationship between God and the creation, it simply does not contain scientific ideas about the origin of the universe, the age of the earth or the development of life.

For more than two centuries, careful scientific research, much of it done by Christians, has demonstrated clearly that the earth is billions years old, not mere thousands, as many creationists argue. We now know that the human race began millions of years ago in Africa - not thousands of years ago in the Middle East, as the story in Genesis suggests.

And all life forms are related to each other though evolution. These are important truths that science has discovered through careful research. They are not “opinions” that can be set aside if you don’t like them.

Anyone who values truth must take these ideas seriously, for they have been established as true beyond any reasonable doubt.

There is much evidence for evolution. The most compelling comes from the study of genes, especially now that the Human Genome Project has been completed and the genomes of many other species being constantly mapped.

In particular, humans share an unfortunate “broken gene” with many other primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans, and macaques. This gene, which works fine in most mammals, enables the production of Vitamin C. Species with broken versions of the gene can’t make Vitamin C and must get it from foods like oranges and lemons.

Thousands of hapless sailors died painful deaths scurvy during the age of exploration because their “Vitamin C” gene was broken.

How can different species have identical broken genes? The only reasonable explanation is that they inherited it from a common ancestor.

Not surprisingly, evolution since the time of Darwin has claimed that humans, orangutans, chimpanzees, and macaques evolved recently from a common ancestor. The new evidence from genetics corroborates this.

Such evidence proves common ancestry with a level of certainty comparable to the evidence that the earth goes around the sun.

This is but one of many, many evidences that support the truth of evolution - that make it a “sacred fact” that Christians must embrace in the name of truth. And they should embrace this truth with enthusiasm, for this is the world that God created.

Christians must come to welcome - rather than fear - the ideas of evolution. Truths about Nature are sacred, for they speak of our Creator. Such truths constitute “God’s second book” for Christians to read alongside the Bible.

In the 17th century, Galileo used the metaphor of the “two books” to help Christians of his generation understand the sacred truth that the earth moves about the sun. “The Bible,” he liked to say, “tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens ago.”

To understand how the heavens go we must read the book of Nature, not the Bible.

The Book of nature reveals the truth that God created the world through gradual processes over billions of years, rather than over the course of six days, as many creationists believe.

Evolution does not contradict the Bible unless you force an unreasonable interpretation on that ancient book.

To suppose, as the so-called young earth creationists do, that God dictated modern scientific ideas to ancient and uncomprehending scribes is to distort the biblical message beyond recognition. Modern science was not in the worldview of the biblical authors and it is not in the Bible.

Science is not a sinister enterprise aimed at destroying faith. It’s an honest exploration of the wonderful world that God created.

We are often asked to think about what Jesus would do, if he lived among us today. Who would Jesus vote for? What car would he drive?

To these questions we should add “What would Jesus believe about origins?”

And the answer? Jesus would believe evolution, of course. He cares for the Truth.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Karl W. Giberson.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Christianity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Opinion • Science

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  1. joanne

    how dare you can say that the evolution is the truth?
    Jesus died for us and we insult Him in the most disgusting way.
    Everything is here because Jesus, our God, created all things.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • travis

      LOL your funny. I refer to Timothy 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;Or over her husband *she must be quiet*.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      hahaha, seriously? prove it.

      there is plenty of proof for the theory of evolution.

      show me one single iota of proof that jesus/god/allah/apollo/zeus created the universe. Just one, please.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  2. dissident

    How is it that evolution and creation are mutually exclusive? What timeline do we go by? Sure there are the begats; then we have to insist someone could live to be 969 years old. I think everyone would agree the bible is a translation of stories and text over thousands of years. There is more written and oral history left that was left out of the bible than is in the bible. Just like now, there is writer embellishment, sensationalism and lazy writing. The bible was re-written many times, much was lost and more was omitted to suit monetary gain. I believe in God and I believe in dinosaurs. I also believe that in the thousands and thousands of years before Genesis, there were a lot of beings that could not write. They could scribble on cave walls and kill a deer with a stick. It is so much more interesting to think about all the unwritten history of millions of years gone by. God created quite a universe billions of years ago. I have no problem with that. Nobody has ever shown me anything that would conclude the earth is 6000 years old. It took a long time and God did not get it right, He got it perfect.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  3. Nick

    Would Santa Claus believe in evolution? What a nonsense question. Who cares what fictional characters believe in?

    April 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  4. Cassidy

    In the Bible it also says that for God a thousand years is like a day and a day is like a thousand years. So perhaps this is what the 6 days is referring to. I believe that the Bible is true therefore Genesis is true but that doesn't mean it is impossible for it to look like evolution was possible. I think God made us partly with the same design as the animals just in His image.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • travis

      your math is still off lol life was here 3 billion years ago =D not 6,000. evolution takes quite awhile

      April 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  5. Dick Marti

    Evolution is about evidence, not belief. One does not "believe" in evolution; one accepts (or not) the evidence on which it is based.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  6. Denver Morgan

    The bible said it was by him that all things were created so i dont think you can sell him evolution
    if one species evolves into another how come you can not breed one species to another and it be able to
    produce the product of the two species and then they keep on reproducing but thats not what happens it
    ethier dies off or reverts back to one or the other of the species so there is the end of you evolution
    somebody show me one thing that can increase the knowlege in the genenome.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      Wow! I don't even know where to start.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  7. Seth Hill of Topanga, California

    But did evolution create belief in Jesus?

    April 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • cevink

      Yes, it did.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  8. dina

    Evolution can be proven. Jesus can't.since there are no recordsm it can't be proved that he ever existed. It is all hearsay spoken by an epileptic crazy man who was angry at the Sanhedrin.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  9. kishore

    darwinists expect to "spontaneously" get rich one day.

    'cause to them, everything works "spontaneously" in nature. no intelligence needed apparently.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Rick333

    To attack an opponent, insulting them offering no insight into anything, is an easy way of avoiding the issues and maintaining ignorance.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  11. Greg M. Johnson

    Straw man. Old Earth Creationists take Genesis literally and put forth testable hypotheses for their creation model.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  12. Doug

    There are two great presuppositions in life. One is based on religion the other on science. One is based in the world, the other above it. One is based in time and space, the other isn't. Both claim to have truth about the world. Neither do, ultimately, because truth is infinite and both the perception of science and religion live in the finite world.. That is why Faith and Science are both presuppositions. What bridges the gap between infinite truth and finite reality is evidence. Evidence can be causal or direct or inferential and indirect. In either case, logic plays a key role in determining the evidence. In both cases, evidence about the way the world works can only be gotten through time and space. Religion does not operate in time and space apart from the perception of it. Science does not operate in the firmament of the Here After. Science cannot claim anything empirical about the Here After, nor does it care to. It can only make statements about the way the world operates, here, in time and space. If one accepts Christianity (though there is little logic to support that) then one will see clear to accept that God made all creatures each after its own in a matter of six days. Six days in religion is infinity. Each after its own describes each species...all those living now and all those extinct over time. How each species got to be the way they are is not a matter of concern for religion because each species now is pure and distinct from other species, just as God designed them , including sub-species.. It is, however, a matter of concern for science, because by understanding the laws of evolution, science can go beyond just the knowledge that it provides in and of itself about animal and plant evolution. Genetics can lead to better crop production , finding ways to splice together genomes to produce a vitamin C producing gene in primates, as well as research in medicine. If God exists and is somehow the Creator, he knew all of this when he Created the world. And He thus would have created the world just as the Bible suggests. Science, on the other hand, is his tool and measure about how all of this is brought forth.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  13. Danny

    Jesus was a human being, just like you and I. He was pretty intelligent for his times and preached what he thought was good for mankind. If the right facts had been presented to him regarding evolution, he would've definitely taken the effort to understand and appreciate the fact. How does anyone of us know what he would've done? People should stop preaching things that they think Jesus would've done. /thread

    April 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
    • SoundsFairtoMe

      So let me see if I can paraphrase what you said accurately. Jesus was a smart guy, a fan of everybody getting along, and would have considered evolution a valid theory if the evidence was put before him... "How does anyone of us know what he would've done? People should stop preaching things that they think Jesus would've done." (Except for me, of course).

      The End

      Tadaaaa!

      April 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  14. blahh

    evolution is pretty much proven. if you don't want to believe it, then don't. all I am saying is look at an ape and then look in the mirror. jesus would make the connection and say god made man through evolution.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • cherry

      what about evolution is proven? You can prove nothing with out replicating the occurrence. When has evolution ever been repeated and shown?

      April 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Johnny

      IEver think to yourself why "the evolution" has stopped. Why aren't apes still evolving?! Why haven't other species continued to evolve? You sound like someone who may also believe in the "Big Bang" theory. Mmm...an explosion of matter and energy ends with tides we can set our clocks by, precise gravitational pull, precise levels of specific gases that allow us to breathe; and what of photosynthesis! You should reconsider how this and how fool-hearted it would be to continue to discount the existence of a God of order whose creativity, wisdom, power and knowledge is beyond our understanding.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • travis

      @johnny read my post man. evolution is still happening.

      April 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
  15. Bnejamin

    This blog really is a long, drawn out lesson in rationalization when faced with obsolesence.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  16. Rick333

    This is the true witness of the event about Jesus: Pontius Pilate (1 BC – circa AD 37) was the fifth Roman procurator of Judea (AD 26 – 36 ) under Emperor Tiberius, who sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.

    Romans kept pretty good records of events, especially unusual events and the Death of Jesus was awesomely weird! Read the Roman records. The Romans had no reason to lie about it. They worked their daily life, believed in multiple gods and drank borago vino, love that wine!

    Evolution speaks of an Earth that predates our present Earth, The bible speaks of that Earth as Satan Ruling it and later becomes the adversary, he was swollen in pride of wisdom and tried to ascend beyond the stars to reach God, somehow he caused God to destroy his civilization and brought the Earth to a chaotic state. Ezekiel speaks of this as a garden, the first garden, the first Earth mustv'e been beautiful, it became the chaotic Earth, surrounded by water, cold and dead, nebula. This is where our Fossil fuels came from. According to Genesis, God renovated the chaotic Earth in 6,000 years, at that time modern man was created and appears on the planet. We are not talking 6 days but 6 ages each 1,000 years.

    As Josh McDowell puts it in his book: Evidence that demands a Verdict Vol 2:" In all fairness to the radical critic, it needs to be realized that sometimes professedly conservative writers take great liberties with the simple facts of Scripture and put forward conclusions which are quite as baseless as the conclusions of radical criticism."

    If Jesus were here, he would put things in order and all of us would be shocked at what he would do, not what we would do for sure.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Stephen

      Yes, everyone. Go look for the Roman records, and when you do, you will find that every single piece of evidence in the historical record comes from after the alleged crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

      Faith is good think, and it brings comfort and hope to billions of people. Lying about evidence that proves what people have faith in is an incredible disservice to their faith and history.

      April 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Cielo

      My 5-year-old daughter LOVES SpongeBob.Unfortunately, seearvl months ago we were forced to disconnect our DISH. Knowing how "great" the economy is (especially here in Mid-Michigan), I don't expect we'll be able to get it back.Meantime... my kids are entertaining themselves with all manner of "stone age" forms of recreation: Riding bikes, playing in the sandbox... and READING BOOKS.

      March 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  17. Tim

    In responding to the Pharisees about divorcing one's wife, Jesus said, referring to Genesis 1:27 and 5:2: "Did you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female."(Matt 19:4) Thus, Jesus fully knew that his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, had "created" man and woman, just as he had created the universe and all other life in it. In fact, Jesus was there at the time of God creating man some 6000 years ago, for at Genesis 1:26, his Father says to him: "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness."(Gen 1:26)

    Jesus is called in the Bible a "master worker" at Proverbs 8:30. ("master worker", Hebrew ’a·mohn´, meaning literally a fosterling or a child who is nurtured, one who is provided with care and upbringing) Just as an owner of a construction business that has a qualified supervisor to oversee a construction project, likewise of Jesus as God's master worker, assisting him in creating the sphere of the universe and that culminated in fashioning the earth for human habitation. At Proverbs 8:22-30, of Jesus as the personification of wisdom, he says: "Jehovah himself produced me as the beginning of his way, the earliest of his achievements of long ago....when there no watery deeps....when there were no springs heavily charged with water....when as yet he had not made the earth...when he prepared the heavens I was there...then I came to be beside him as a master worker." Jesus was there at creation's beginning, helping his Father to create all life, including man.

    Hence, Jesus does not accept evolution, for the theory of evolution is that which demeans his heavenly Father and our Creator, Jehovah God. Proverbs 3:19 says that "Jehovah himself in wisdom founded the earth. He solidly fixed the heavens in discernment." Proverbs 20:12 says: "The hearing ear and the seeing eye—Jehovah himself has made even both of them." Psalms 100:3 says: "Know that Jehovah is God. It is he that has made us, and not we ourselves."

    April 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      Well, if that is the case, Jesus would be as clueless as you about fact vs. fiction.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  18. Arthur Truth

    I always have concerns over the biblical basis for insidious articles like this one. The bible is pretty clear about believing it in full, not with our fun little interpretations. If the Bible says that everything was created the way it describes it, who are we to doubt that?

    The Bible also speaks about the many false prophets and truth-benders that will seek, either purposefully or accidentally via ignorance, to distort God's Word or Truth. This article seems to be the worse kind of tripe along those lines.

    I loved how this article parrots what every evolutionary fanatic claims – that it's all FACT, it can't be an opinion. That cleverly makes anyone who has a differing opinion (for that's all this article is and that's all evolutionists believe in, OPINIONS) wrong. Nice how that works out for evolutionists.

    Nothing's been proven so inconsistent and malleable as science. I think it's amusing that people would so dearly be willing to throw their faith behind something that's always a moving target (like Science) anymore than they would behind a benevolent deity. Some evolutionists claim that they're too proud to believe something so crazy but then turn around and gleefully accept the absurd nothing that we were once all just chimpanzees who all just "magically' evolved.

    Yeah, ummm...okay.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • washingtonpharmgirl

      you are my favorite!!

      April 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • You know nothing of science

      " If the Bible says that everything was created the way it describes it, who are we to doubt that?"

      I'd say rational human beings who understand the difference between fact and fiction.

      "Nothing's been proven so inconsistent and malleable as science. I think it's amusing that people would so dearly be willing to throw their faith behind something that's always a moving target (like Science) anymore than they would behind a benevolent deity."

      Science does not require faith! science is about finding empirical proof for hypothesis either demonstrating their veracity or disconcerting their veracity. Faith is only required when their is lack of evidence as in the case with every religion and belief system.

      Your contention that science is moving and chaining malleable target is a perception you have because science is willing to rethink previous paradigms in light of new evidence. Religion stays with its beliefs regardless of evidence (requiring faith). Science has brought you everything you take advantage of today, from your computer, car, cellphone and even antibiotics. If your so agaist science and those of us who practice it (and understand it), then go live under a rock.

      If you enjoy your modern comforts then educate yourself about science read Karl Popper and Khun, and stop believing in made up fairy tails.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Chris Mankey

      "Some evolutionists claim that they're too proud to believe something so crazy but then turn around and gleefully accept the absurd nothing that we were once all just chimpanzees who all just "magically' evolved. "

      Nobody thinks humans were EVER chimpazee or that biological change happens because of "magic"

      April 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Rational

      " If the Bible says that everything was created the way it describes it, who are we to doubt that?"

      I'd say rational human beings who understand the difference between fact and fiction.

      "Nothing's been proven so inconsistent and malleable as science. I think it's amusing that people would so dearly be willing to throw their faith behind something that's always a moving target (like Science) anymore than they would behind a benevolent deity."

      Science does not require faith! science is about finding empirical proof for hypothesis either demonstrating their veracity or disconcerting their veracity. Faith is only required when their is lack of evidence as in the case with every religion and belief system.

      Your contention that science is moving and chaining malleable target is a perception you have because science is willing to rethink previous paradigms in light of new evidence. Religion stays with its beliefs regardless of evidence (requiring faith). Science has brought you everything you take advantage of today, from your computer, car, cellphone and even antibiotics. If your so agaist science and those of us who practice it (and understand it), then go live under a rock.

      If you enjoy your modern comforts then educate yourself about science read Karl Popper and Khun, and stop believing in made up fairy tails. ...

      April 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Jeebus

      @You know nothing of science

      Kudos my friend. Very well put. Funny how this person is disregarding science just because it's ever changing. I guess some would rather believe an out dated story told by people thousands of years ago while they were still trying to understand how the world ticks.

      If anything, science reveals to us how wonderful this universe really is. How it's complexity and design is beautifully baffling. That to me is more awing than a story in an old book, and instead of spending all my time going through life with my mind closed (because of faith), I would rather look around and embrace the universe I exist in and enjoy it for all it's worth. If life isn't about that; why live it.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  19. PRISM 1234

    There is a void in every human heart that was put there by our Creator, which NOTHING in this world can fill to make us complete, because God has put it there, reserving it for Himself.

    There are those who live their lives, pass their time in futility, indulge to fulfill their cravings, and call themselves happy and fulfilled. Those are sad, typical cases of a people who are living in a LIE, no matter how successful they may be in their achievements..... We have notorious record of those who had it all, yet "ended it all" themselves! ...
    It's no wonder so many are on dru'gs, legal and illegal, stuffing their souls with destructive things, giving themselves over to demeaning, degrading behaviours and lifestyles, because THEY WILL NEVER fill that void in their hearts!

    Man is a miserable creature when he chooses to declare his independence from the One who created him. He is like a lost animal going thru endless paths of a maze, ever looking for the light he senses is there, but never finding it..... And so he lives and dies in his darkness, missing the purpose of the life he was given........

    This is the tragic story of lost man(kind) who so desperately wants to be independent, but doesn't realize how that even the very breath he possesses depends on the One who gave it to him...This is the story of man who has rejected his Creator!

    April 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Skeptical Analysis

      There is a void inside your head...

      April 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Roberto

      What does this have to do with the article?

      April 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Galt23

      So then if we have a void in our heart, reserved for God, God must have a similar void in His heart because, after all, we are created in His image. Who fills the void in God's heart? Lady Gaga? Britney Spears? Sasha Gray?

      April 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Canuck1979

      Maybe you have a void. I'm fine. And if you do have a void, it's in your head for making up a story about a creator putting the void there. Do you realize how ridiculous you sound? Think before you speak.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • travis

      wait, what?

      April 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Sc...An..
      God Calls you a FOOL. I agree!

      April 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      Wow!.......... This is beginning to look like forum of fools resembling to ants sitting on their mound hill, waving their fists to the heavens, arguing how smart, mighty and self sufficient they are, and no one is able to mach their smarts...... It is becoming hilarious!

      April 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      @Roberto
      You ask, what does this have to do with the article?
      Have you not noticed that this forum is filled with those who deny, even mo'ck the existence of God? Have you asked them "what does this have to do with the article?"
      Yet you ask me, because what I said touched the heart of the problem that so many of those who deny God have!
      I also find it obvious that those who have the things of hearts being exposed by truth of God's Word, lash out like cowards, demeaning the person who speaks the truth to them.
      But let God be true, and every man who oposes himself to His truth, a liar!

      April 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
    • PRISM 1234

      P.S ...missed one important word ...
      "also find it obvious that those who have the things of THEIR hearts being exposed by truth of God's Word, lash out like"

      April 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  20. M. Max Maxwell

    Look, Darwin got the evidence right but he jumped to the wrong conclusion because he was lacking one little bit of information: mutation. [Species are groups of individuals who breed true - don't make hybrids or mules.] Species don't evolve; they certainly don't evolve through adaptation as Darwin claimed. [Show me a species that has evolved through adaptation, not the result of mutation.] Species do mutate and most go extinct. Every so often there is a flurry of speciation (examine the evidence) followed by much longer periods of species extinction. Besides, it's Darwin's THEORY of evolution. Where do you get off calling it truth? And what's with the discussion of the big bang theory in the comments? What's that got to do with evolution, besides being another hocus-pocus theory? Finally, who cares what Jesus would have thought? There were a many, many early Christians who never accepted the Trinity, and therefore didn't accept Jesus' Godhead. They were followers of Arius (who wasn't a very good Arian, with an I, not a Y) and they were decreed heretics, but that doesn't make them wrong. If they were right, then Jesus was just a very special man who negated the wrathful God of the Jews and spoke instead of Love and the Holy Spirit.

    April 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
    • Chaps

      CNN must be short staffed on weekends or they have left the job of stimulating reasonable thought to interns. Would Jesus believe in Evolution? Has Donald Trump thrown away all the combs in his drawer? Wow!

      April 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Chris Mankey

      "Besides, it's Darwin's THEORY of evolution. Where do you get off calling it truth?"

      Because it is true. Because the "theory of heliocentric" that the sun is at the center of the solar systems is a well established testable idea . Which is what a "theory " is in science. The only difference is the evolution has more evidence to support it.

      "And what's with the discussion of the big bang theory in the comments? What's that got to do with evolution, besides being another hocus-pocus theory? "

      Man, your stupid

      April 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • travis

      individuals do not evolve, but mutation with evolution works on a population as a whole. Theory is not the same as the common use of a guess; scientific theory is fact. Germ Theory? Atom Theory? Theory of gravity?

      April 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • teejaym

      Man, that's really funny, Mankey. Did you do it on purpose? I quote" Man, your stupid". Good one! What we have here is a continuation of the " how screwed up Christians are because they have faith in the unproveable". You won't see attacks on sacred jewish beliefs, nor will you dare challenge the origins and techings of the Quran. The authors' claim – and yours by extension – is that Jesus would believe in evolution if Jesus were here today. This statement alone proves that you not only "don't get it", you're clueless about Christianity. We Christians know what you're about..and we forgive you.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Pastafarian

      Wow, you really don't understand this at all. Do us all a favor and go research the scientific method and the definition of theory as it relates to scientific theory.

      Mutations within species allow for selective advantages. Individuals do not evolve, but may have a selective advantage over others within the species due to genetic trait or mutation. This selective advantage will make that indiviual more "fit", and more likely to reproduce and pass that mutation onto his/her progeny.

      It's really not that hard to understand. Don't believe me? Ask an HIV patient why their anti-retrovirals no longer work.

      April 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Neutralist

      Sorry Max, I think you never read the complete Darwin theory of evolution. May I list the main points in its simplest:

      1. Living thing change it character slightly in random.
      2. Those with the character that more survivable have better chance to live until they reproduce and pass that character along.
      3. Over time, those with unfavourable character became extinct.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
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