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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. Don

    Evolution is a joke, and the world is the sucker. Wake up people.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • hypocrisy

      God does have away to weed out the ignorant...its called natural selection. Look it up.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  2. John Subs

    I agree during the middle ages, with the level of scientific knowledge that existed "Science" thought earth was flat.
    In present generation "Science" thinks that life evolved over billions of years ago. But even a simple "unicellular organism" is much more complicated than the best computers we have.
    Bible really does not need to address how "God created man" but what God provided for man , that man by trusting in His Son Jesus Christ as his Lord and saviour would be lead into all truth.
    Bible does not contend with Science. As Science and the minds of "the psuedo scientists" evolve we would increase our understand about God as written in the Bible.
    May be as Science evolves they we would have a better picture of the real truth in the bible. So let Science advance and as science "evolves" may be we would "evolve" to stop arguing about "evolution" or "creation" of the human body and think about what bible really was purposed for "not of the flesh or the body" but "re-birith or re-creation of the Spirit" and evolution in human soul and walking closer with God and hearing his Spirit speak to us.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • kjakes

      - I like that ..!! Brilliant

      April 10, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • OldCliches

      Agree!!! thats is EXCELLENT! ♥ Evolution is not encouraging.. its Disgusting!

      April 11, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • LetsThink123

      @John Subs
      I agree that science thought the earth was flat, but science itself through REASON and testable evidence showed that the earth is round. What testable evidence or sound reason can your bible do to show that evolutionary theory is false?
      Scientific theory can only be usurped by a better reasonable, testable theory with mountains of evidence to back it up.
      So implying that your bible will usurp evolution is false. Evolution is backed up by facts. Learn to live with it.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Barbara Young

      Very good John you've got it. You are a very advanced Immortal Son of God. Now, let's go further. The Bible is written in several levels of code–referred to as the Language of God, Atbash coding, numerology, and astrology. Once you decode each noun, you will find that the World, Civilization, and the human Spiritual-Soul evolves through the six stages of the Great Cycle of Life. A reality described in the first six books of the Bible. The mortal young spirit is referred to as a son or daughter of man and, if you pass the mortal/Hades stage and respond to the intuitive drive to find and enter into the Divine Life Program, find a Divine Teacher, and then enter into a visual state of awareness, where you are guided into the Kingdom, or Divine Realm and into the Christ Son's Presence, you can be Transfigured into an Immortal Son or Daughter of God. Once, through rebirth of the Spirit you continue to enter the Divine Realm, your Spirit's material memory can be fully Christed or Transfigured into the Nature of God the Father and Mother. As an Individualized Being of Pure Light/Perfect Love, you are now referred to as a Man or Woman of God – there is no longer a reason for rebirth. As a Divine Teacher, earth now has 7 Men and Women of God, the Hands of God on Earth. I believe John that you can find completion. check out templechryses.org.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  3. sheetiron

    No, considering he believed in the Bible. I cant wait for people to start asking serious questions again.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:44 am |
    • Paul

      There was no "Bible" for Jesus to believe in. The New Testament had not been written yet, let alone the canon chosen from the myriad accounts of Jesus' life and death. Do some research on the history of the Bible. You will be fascinated and you might even learn something new about the book that you place so much faith in.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  4. Sigmund Freud

    Oh goody! Now let's argue about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin!

    April 10, 2011 at 6:43 am |
    • Barbara Young

      Jesus studied Mystical Judaism and knew the Language of God in order to decode the hidden Truth in Hieroglyphics, and the Greek myths. All cultures tell of the same story, the evolutionary requirements for the Human Spirit, in symbiosis with a biological body, until completion is attained. He studied and aware of the Divine Life Program that healed the spirit of trauma and negative memories that assisted in advancement – the program was referred to as the Salvation Program. My Immortal athletes now heal their spirits for perfect mind-body coordination, Scientist enter Temples in the Kingdom or Divine Realm to learn knowledge that advances their research, as well as an Objective, Visual, and Telepathic Counsel with the Chryseis Daughter and Christ Son, and so much more. Sons and Daughters of God are the most advanced Spiritual-Souls in civilization.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  5. Oscar

    Whats the next topic? Proof that Allah descended from a (fill in the blank)? What religion are you going after next?

    April 10, 2011 at 6:43 am |
  6. Stuart Iribarren

    @RYAN: what do you mean, "NOT like a ladder" ?? thats EXACTLY what evolution is, which is exactly WHY it will NEVER be proven, which is because NO life forms exist from ANY previous ones, ie, no species produce any other species, as proven by the evidence (hence ALL "missing links" are eventually proven fraudulent). You've apparently fallen into the "evolution" of the DEFINITION of evolution, which has to be altered every so often in order to fit it into the evidence (or lack thereof)

    April 10, 2011 at 6:39 am |
    • Q

      @Stuart – You are factually incorrect on a number of points. Evolution is not a linear progression, it is as Ryan indicated, a branching. Speciation has been observed in the lab and in nature. There are numerous transitional fossils bridging the major classes of life and plenty of others bridging the various evolutionary branches between orders and families. Where exactly do you get such flawed ideas? Perhaps you'd like to cross-reference your sources to the TalkOrigins.org archive of creationist claims before posting on a topic for which you have a demonstrably limited understanding...

      April 10, 2011 at 6:48 am |
    • Sigmund Freud

      Actually, evolution is defined as the change in the frequency of an allele in a population. Seeing that there are numerous sub-populations, any of a number of them could be changing as a result of environmental pressures. In humans, the hypoxia inducible factor (hif) has an overrepresented allele among those who live at high elevation. Consequently, these people carry O2 efficiently without having to increase their hemoglobin - too much is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Bottom line is that as George Simpson showed us, it is unreasonable to expect to find so-called intermediates or missing links. So, there are really two features about evolution, the process, which we can observe and the theory about the process to speciation and this has a test of the null hypothesis, the Hardy-Weinberg equation. This takes evolution from the realm of belief to science by its means of disproof.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • Stuart Iribarren

      "... having ears they cannot hear, having eyes they cannot see." Amazing how you dont get it that you both (and others) just helped to prove my point: the definition of evolution, origin of species, and theories on the origin of matter, have all "evolved" themselves, becoming more complicated (and convoluted) with each new discovery, often completely disproving previous and/or other theories. And you lose just about all credibility when you say that finding a missing link is unimportant. First of all, I mean come ON! not ONE case? in all the MILLIONS of species, and all the fossils found, not ONE missing link? they gave up on finding a missing link... because there IS NONE. Then in order to justify their next round of federal funding, they come up with the perfect excuse why they wont find one: "Its not important" !??! take the veil off your eyes, youre being suckered.
      Also... saying that "species 1" branched out into "species 2, 3, 4 and 5" then 2, 3 and 4 disappeared does NOT refute my point; I, UNLIKE DARWIN (and many other evolution theories and scientists), never claimed that a species was necessarily formed from an immediately preceding one. I said that NO species comes from ANY other species, whether gaps exist or not. And you agree that no missing link species have been found, which would, if found, prove this branching theory. SCIENCE'S INABILITY TO FIND A SINGLE MISSING LINK IS MY ENTIRE POINT; EVOLUTION WILL NEVER BE AN IRREFUTABLE FACT WITHOUT IT. Merely stating, "it MUST be out there somewhere, all the evidence points in that direction, we just havent found it yet," STILL doesnt PROVE evolution. Evolution is a violation of the LAW (not theory) of entropy; ridiculous that something as complex as life mysteriously got MORE complex over time, when EVERY OTHER COMBINATION OF ATOMS CONSTANTLY WANTS TO SEPARATE AND BREAK DOWN TO ITS SIMPLEST FORM. i wont use the argument "we didnt come from monkeys," I'll instead say, "if a one-celled organism wants to evolve into a 2-celled (instead of a 1/2 celled like it should), why havent any grains of sand, throughout billions of years of history, formed themselves into the most primative form of rock, then those rocks form themselves into boulders, then those form themselves into a building? IF THE BIBLE CLAIMED EVOLUTION, SCIENTISTS AND ATHEISTS WOULD USE THE EXACT SAME INFORMATION THEY HAVE NOW, TO PROVE THE BIBLE WAS WRONG.

      April 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Barbara Young

      your concept of evolution is strictly the biological bodies. Evolution evolves the Spirit in symbiosis with a biological body, the source for individualized lessons during material life. You live to evolve your spirit. If you remove the spirit from your biological body, without cutting the spiritual cord attached to the biological body's solar plexus, your body will drop into a coma in 4 hours. If you cut the cord, the biological body dies immediately.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:50 am |
    • Tereza

      Yes. That's the best idea I could also come up with I just forgot about it until you rndmeied me.I decided not to use it in the sample, because I though the extra tinkering needed to remove the artifacts might confuse some people.But mainly, that's the way I would go about it, if I were to modify the sample.

      March 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
  7. ernest

    I do not think Jesus taught anything but the golden rule... nothing about spiritualism... But another question would be in light of the recent budget fight... would Jesus be a conservative republican or a Liberal/Progressive/Democrat... I say the latter...

    April 10, 2011 at 6:35 am |
  8. Davd Phillips

    Pray for you all, you are all so lost when you really believe iin evulution.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • Sigmund Freud

      Then we are all lost, because evolution is not a belief system. It is the unifying principle of biology.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • Dave

      Nooooo!!! You curse our shared name. Just so folks know. There are David Phillips's out there who believe in evolution!

      April 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  9. Gary

    The best minds of their times have thought the Earth was flat, the earth was the center of the solar system, a good blood letting would make you better, the cell is the smallest component, the atom is the smallest, and now evolution answers creation. Man likes to think he has all the answers, but time continues to show he does not. Evolution is a "theory" and not fact. It is not properly supported in the fossil record or by studying in depth. Yes there are some changes within species, but not the slow progression and creation of species from a common ancestor. It does not answer the creation of life. One only has to look at the complexity and wonder of the human body to realize this was no accident or chance.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:26 am |
    • Q

      Evolution is both a fact (changes in allele frequency in a population over time) and a scientific theory, the highest status attainable for scientific study. Conflating a scientific theory with common connotation of a "guess" betrays an ignorance of the topic. Comparing historic understanding to modern understanding is also disingenuous at best. Regarding the amazing complexity of the human body, you conveniently left out all of its flaws,e.g. appendices that burst, bad knees/wrists/backs/necks, male ni-pples, the recurrent laryngeal nerve, etc, etc. There are too many molecular "transitional fossils" to even begin to list here, but in any case, were you to take a vertebrate comparative anatomy course, you'd readily see our bodies are much better explained as the products of a process of trial and error and ad hoc adaptation.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  10. McGuffin

    What an asinine waste of time. We have no way of knowing what Jesus would believe in.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:23 am |
    • Sigmund Freud

      Ditto that

      April 10, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  11. Daniel

    This article provides an excellent way to think about the truth of the Bible and truths that are scientifically supported. Unfortunately, it adopts the straw man argument of evolutionists, which are two-fold: first, that scientific evidence has proven not only evolution, but that species evolve into other species. This it clearly has not done, and it has taken a fair amount of cover-up and dissembling by the crowd supporting the theory of evolution, to attempt to dismiss a fair of amount of evidence making species evolution impossible. Secondly, the straw man of the world being only 10-50,000 years old. That may be the "Creationist" view, but it is almost clearly wrong. The truth is, the world can be (and is) 5 billion years old (13+billion for the whole universe), and have gone through tremendous evolution and transformation, without having to believe that species evolve into one another. If one insists on going only strictly by the scientific evidence (you know, that supported by hypothesis testing in the scientific method), then the only thing to believe in is that species appear on earth at different times in earth's history. A fact easily explainable when managed by the Creator of our world.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  12. mr172

    Jesus said, "If you don't believe what Moses wrote, How can you believe what I say?" John 5:47
    Moses wrote Genisis. I don't think Jesus believs in evolution.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:17 am |
    • Kevin

      Of course the "finger of God" could mean many different things. No account of atoms was made in Genesis.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:22 am |
    • Paul

      There is ample evidence that Moses was not the author of the Pentateuch. Fellow Christians, open your minds and your hearts and realize that God did not put EVERYTHING into the Bible. Do you really think the Almighty would make it so simple? "Here's life. Here's your book." You think of God as the Father, but would a father do everything for his child or rather give the child a bit of guidance and then allow the child to figure some things out on his own?

      April 10, 2011 at 6:45 am |
    • hypocrisy

      Moses didnt write it...

      April 10, 2011 at 6:55 am |
    • RUSerious

      @Paul

      You mean to say you didn't get the life when you were born? Don't worry, neither did I. I got mine from Barnes and Noble for $14.99 on sale. "Idiots Guide to Human Life" A.K.A the bible. Good read, though it was in the wrong section so I moved them to where they should be, fiction, right next to Harry Potter. (magic with magic I figured.)

      April 10, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • RUSerious

      Curse CNN blogs and the no editing. "Manual to life" in first line... /facepalm

      April 10, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  13. The_Mick

    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.”

    We should be ashamed! And we wonder why we need to import 50% of the scientists and engineers needed to keep our society going and why the rest of the world is catching up to and surpassing us!

    April 10, 2011 at 6:17 am |
    • Barbara Young

      God, the Mother formed your spirit, your true state of being and then sent you off to an evolutionary planet such as earth to learn creation, independent reasoning, and then to practice True Christ man and Women reality of attaining an inner visual state and through the use of Sacred Words, Journey into the Kingdom or Divine Realm for an Objective, Living, Visual, and Telepathic Encounter with the Family of God. The True Christian.

      April 10, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • RUSerious

      @Barb

      What you've just posted is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this blog is now dumber for having read it. I award you no internet points, and may the Flying Spaghetti Monster have mercy on your soul.

      April 10, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  14. Sam

    "would Jesus believe in evolution?" No, He definately does not. why? because He says how He created man in Genesis 1. "How can different species have identical broken genes? The only reasonable explanation is that they inherited it from a common ancestor." no that is not the answer. They are similar because they have a common creater, not a common ancestor. Besides, if evolution was "truth" it wouldn't be called a "theory"

    April 10, 2011 at 6:13 am |
    • Mike V

      Please tell me you aren't using the "it's just a theory" argument. Please, educate yourself. I am sick and tired of hearing the same discredited objections time and time again. Gravity is "just a theory". Heliocentricism is "just a theory". The germ theory of disease is "just a theory". The word "theory" doesn't mean what you think it means, in science. Evolution is a scientific theory *and* a fact, just like heliocentrism (yet another theory which used to be discredited by the Church, until it became such common knowledge as to be undeniable).

      Evolution doubters survive by virtue of the fact that it's difficult to show the mountains of evidence for evolution in a single soundbyte. It actually requires a few minutes of education.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:41 am |
    • Mike V

      To belabor the point, saying evolution is "just a theory" is about as ignorant a statement as saying that those in the medical practice are "just practicing," and not doing it for real.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:43 am |
    • hypocrisy

      You may have had a point about a common creator...if you, of course, ignore all scientific evidence on genetics and everything the science it provides you...you refuse vaccines and medication right? Because you better put your money where your mouth is if you are going pick and choose what to believe about science. But then, I guess God will prevent you from getting all forms of disease though, right?

      April 10, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • Sherm69

      Damn it...I want my Vit. C gene back. I hate oranges...Why is god punishing me?

      April 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  15. mr172

    I'm not going to try and argue with anyone. Believe what you want. I will tell you that I used to be an agnostic/evolutionist. I had a discusion about it with my brother, who is a Christian/creationist. He got after me for not thinking critically for myself. Once I started doing that it I had to leave the evolution camp.
    There is a lot of evidence out there that supports creation, the flood, the young earth and yes dinoaurs living at the same time as man. I am convinced and I would hope that everyone would be smart enough to leave the rehtoric behind and think for yourself. Then decide for yourself.

    This writers only attempt at supporting evidence comes from similarities in genes. Think critically for a second, when you see a Picaso, how do you know its a Picaso? Answer: Common creator.

    Evolution completely contradicts the bible, just because this guy says it doesn't, does not make him right.
    For example; Evolution assumes the big bang/formation of the Universe, then the sun, then the planet, then eventually after X number of years (enter what ever value you want for X) simple single cell organism, eventually plants. Long story short, sun first plants came later. According to Genisis ch 1, God created the plants on the 3rd day, and didn't create the sun until the 4th day. Plants first, sun second. If each day was really any other time span than a day there would be a problem. However plants can easily go 1 day without the sun.
    Also the book of Job talks about dinosaurs. It is called bohemoth and leviathan.
    I am probably going to get blasted by the evolution crowd here, and thats fine. Like I said I'm not arguing, just telling my point of view. If you can share yours peaceably and without insults, then my hats off to you.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:12 am |
    • Q

      With all due respect, I doubt your self-description as an "agnostic/evolutionist" is accurate in that while you might have been agnostic, to declare oneself an "evolutionist" would infer an understanding of the science which isn't apparent in your post. The issue with creationist evidence is that it invariably fails to be concordant with the relevant scientific disciplines, i.e. for their proposed explanations to work, any number of known physical laws must be abandoned. This is particularly true for the mythological global flood, e.g. the order of the fossils, the distributions of species before and after, etc, etc.

      Your reference to the creation timeline is self referential and not anything resembling evidence. Were I to point out the discrepancies between the two creation accounts, you'd likely just dismiss them.

      I'm always surprised when creationists attempt to use Job's bohemoth as supporting dinosaur human coexistence. One would think even creationists would expect something akin to a smidgen of corroborating physical evidence, e.g. another account of living alongside an incredibly diverse group of impressive and ferocious animals. Instead what we have is every last dinosaur fossil appearing far, far below the earliest homind fossils. I just can't get over how creationists believe all humans (the old, the sick, the young, etc) somehow managed to survive and not drown as all the aquatic dinosaurs (e.g. plesiosaurus, etc) wonderfully adapted for swimming perished first...

      April 10, 2011 at 6:32 am |
    • Ricky Bobby

      You started thinking critically, then agreed with the bible? Interesting. Does critically mean you just started listening to stories and abandoned all facts?

      April 12, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • Sherm69

      Exactly where is your evidence for dinosaurs and humans co-existing?? A few obscure bible verses? Let's be real. There are tons of examples of cave paintings done by humans depicting animals they hunted and co-existed with. No dinosaurs drawn by humans. Judging by the size of these animals as evidenced by recovered fossil bones, don't you think they would have warranted slightly more attention? Joe caveman says, "yeah, deer are cool, I think I'll draw them". That T-rex over there eating my family? "Nah, not worth drawing"

      April 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  16. Michael

    God may very well have created Adam and Even and a world that was 14 billion years old, since he is not constrained by time.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:11 am |
  17. Rsticbob

    And John, we didn't come from monkeys, we came from the same line as monkeys and evolved along different lines. One would think that after all these years of arguing about evolution, you might've heard the answer to that by now.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:06 am |
  18. Rsticbob

    And since when did the study of science begin in the 17th century? As for the comments from Armaggedon not being as well written as you might wish, maybe you could try e-mailing CNN in China, and we'll see how your message comes out. Obviously English isn't his/her first language. This does not mean his message is any less horrifying to read. A closed mind is a dangerous mind.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • toto

      Bravo Andrei pentru einisume, chiar ai vorbit, avem si eu ceva intrebari dar m-am chinuit cu chatul sa ma conectez si tot nu a dat rezultate.

      March 4, 2012 at 1:45 am |
  19. john weaver

    Another question noone has ever answered me is this. If we came from monkeys why are there still monkeys?

    April 10, 2011 at 6:02 am |
    • Q

      You're joking right?

      April 10, 2011 at 6:10 am |
    • MikeCT

      If Diet Coke came from Classic Coke, how come we still have Classic Coke?

      April 10, 2011 at 6:18 am |
    • Ryan

      He evolutionary process is not like a ladder with one species arising from the one below. Imagine it as a branching tree where modern monkeys and humans (for example) are on the ends of two branches that grew from a common base at the trunk of the tree. This base was a more primitive, common ancestor.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:21 am |
    • Sunshine

      This is the same question as, "If your ancestors are English, why are there still Englishmen?" I think you can see the logical fallacy.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:22 am |
    • hypocrisy

      Why didnt come from all monkeys, just one monkey that EVOLVED! (Get it, like Evolution?)

      April 10, 2011 at 6:29 am |
    • hypocrisy

      MikeCT...love it!!!

      April 10, 2011 at 6:30 am |
    • ernest

      I think you have you're answered...

      April 10, 2011 at 6:30 am |
    • Stuart Iribarren

      @RYAN:

      April 10, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • Rim

      "Greatest Show on Earth" written by Richard Dawkins.-- Read that, it should answer your question and what ever other questions about the scientific facts you may have trouble understanding. Evolutionary theory is only called theory by simple minded bible thumpers. Evolution is factual evidence solidified by geology, genetics, fossil records, anthropology, etc.. Religion is the opposite of that.

      April 10, 2011 at 6:35 am |
    • Stuart Iribarren

      @RYAN: what do you mean, "NOT like a ladder" ??? thats EXACTLY what evolution is, which is precisely WHY itill NEVER be proven, since no life forms exist from any previous ones, ie, no species produces another species, as proven by the evidence (thats why ALL "missing links" are eventually proven frauds). You've apparently fallen into the "evolution" of the DEFINITION of evolution, which has to be altered every so often in order to fit it into the evidence (or lack thereof)

      April 10, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • Stuart Iribarren

      @RYAN: what do you mean, "NOT like a ladder" ??? thats EXACTLY what evolution is, which is precisely WHY itll NEVER be proven; NO life forms exist from any previous ones, ie, no species produces other species, which is repeatedly proven by the evidence (thats why ALL "missing link discoveries" are eventually exposed as frauds). You've apparently subscribed to the "evolution" of the DEFINITION of evolution, which has to be altered every so often in order to fit it into the evidence (or lack thereof)

      April 10, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • Sid

      This is a common mistake.

      Evolution does NOT say that humans evolved from monkeys. It says that human and monkeys evolved from the same common ancestor. And that ancestor does not exist anymore.

      Sid

      April 10, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • Lily

      We didn't come from monkeys...but i think you are a monkey...a brain washed monkey that is!

      April 10, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • Barbara Young

      John: Once a new spirit arrives on an evolutionary planet, such as earth, it must learn how to give life to cells, learn how to "see" and then remember what you learned yesterday. You must lean how to "hear" and turn into memory, form the memory of the senses, etc. which is learned through fusion with animal evolution, why the human has three brains, reptilian, left and right hemisphere, and the cerebellum, the brain that you must learn to use to form reasoning actions. all living biological forms contain within a future human spirit.

      April 10, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Stuart Iribarren

      @ Sid: what you said was not a logical reply to my comment; I did not imply that there is any importance or credibility to a common evolutionary ancestry between consecutive species, I said NONE exists between ANY species AT ALL; "gaps" in the consecutive species does not solve this. and its quite ridiculous to say that, with SO many millions of species, over SUCH a long period of time, and with the amount of archeology done, and fossils found, that NOT A SINGLE CELL of a missing link for ANY SPECIES AT ALL, would be found?? quick fix: "they disppeared." ALL of them?? give me a break. IF THE BIBLE TAUGHT EVOLUTION, SCIENCE/ATHEISTS WOULD USE THE EXACT SAME INFORMATION THEY HAVE TODAY, TO PROVE THE BIBLE WRONG.

      April 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • ScienceSoma

      If Americans came from Europeans, why are there still Europeans?

      April 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • OldCliches

      i used to go at the zoo when i was a child, and now Im fully grown up, Yet its the same monkey that i saw before in the park??...why? hhahahaah! funny things! so ridiculous!

      April 11, 2011 at 4:58 am |
    • Frespech

      Do you people seriously want me to accept a similarity between your Coke & Diet Coke, and Englishmen still existing explanation to being equal to the tranformation of one species to another. I don't think so but nice try and if fish became amphibians why not all the fish. There are many holes.

      April 11, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • Ricky Bobby

      What has gone before, has come again, but different and shiny. Amen. – John 20:4

      April 12, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  20. Scott

    LOL! Would Jesus believe in gravity? It's truly hard to believe some peoples minds are so weak and muddled.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:59 am |
    • Barbara Young

      Yes, Jesus believed in evolution. He had to in order to teach the evolution of the Human Spirit, your true state of being. The Spirit is evolving to become an Individualized Man or Woman of God whose Spirit's material memory has been Transfigured into the Natures of God the Father and Mother. He, as an Idealist must contain within His Spirit advanced knowledge of all things, including the Evolutionary Cycle of Life Program that evolves the Human Spirit through one's consciousness that is formed in each new life.

      April 10, 2011 at 8:03 am |
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