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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. God's creation

    evolution is the most racist idea ever created by man. it's like saying that black people haven't fully evolved into a human being... we are all created by God perfectly the way we are. so please stop spreading this racist lie!!!

    April 11, 2011 at 2:56 am |
    • What Creation

      I'm sorry your preacher lied to you and told you evolution is racist and black people aren't fully evolved. Unless this is just your solipsistic wish thinking. Maybe if he had told you about how God promotes slavery and racism against black people in the old testament then you'd finally be hearing the truth.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • trap

      There is not one credible scientist in the world who says black people haven't fully evolved into being a human, you are simply making this up.

      On the other hand, it could be easily be said Christianity is the most racist idea ever created by man. God loved white people so much that he sent his only son to save them. He didn't care at all about the billions of Africans, Asians, etc. who follow other religions who will be forced to go to hell because they will never hear about Jesus.

      If God loves every person equally why would he not send his son for all to see?

      April 11, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Armageddon

      Evolution is absolute racist... how pitiful...A Bad Foundation
      Teaching our children the lesson that there is no absolute right and wrong is very dangerous. It has caused a disaster in our public schools, our court system, and for the very fabric of our society.
      A false understanding of human origins ultimately degrades society. Consider the nations that have made atheism the core of their culture — the former Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and Vietnam. I’ve been to Russia and China and have seen the devastating effects of atheism: Suicide, alcoholism, and spousal abuse are epidemics. Atheism offers no hope or purpose for life.
      its False Assumptions, Faulty Conclusions
      But what about all the supposed scientific evidence that proves evolution? The truth is that the theory of evolution is based on huge assumptions about things that happened in the unobservable past. (Remember that the scientific method requires observation and repeatable research. So calling evolution “science” doesn’t make any sense. They've got the nerve to quote in the bible? I am the truth??? Can we imagine the negative impact teaching the so called Evolution to our children? Their intelligence is pitiful!

      April 11, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Armageddon

      I'm sorry, I'm just a troll. I really don't believe any of that stuff. Do you like my rabid fundie character though? i wonder because there are so many fundie trolls on the internet that it's hard to create one that doesn't sound like the thousands of others out there.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:37 am |
    • I see you are a troll

      I despise your rabid fundie character. Truly hateful. Very nasty and agitating. I could just kick you.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:46 am |
    • Armageddon = Blarneygeddon

      What do you think of my new name? Sums it up pretty well?

      April 11, 2011 at 3:49 am |
    • God's creation

      the idea of evolution is racists and discriminating, nuf said. evolution gives everybody the freedom to do anything to anything or anyone since morality is already gone. i am a special creation by my creator. i am not on the same level as any bacteria or animal around. any atheist doesn't have the right to use the word good, bad, just, fair, etc... because the basis of these is God's Word-the Bible. am neither white nor western, but i clearly see the evidence of God's creation around me.

      April 11, 2011 at 4:16 am |
    • God's Creation = Gods Cremation

      You like my other one? They sound the same don't they. I'm running out of material.

      April 11, 2011 at 4:29 am |
    • blackinese

      @God's Creation = Gods Cremation
      you are an example of a Gorilla who after 50 years evolved into somebody who can read and write. enjoy!!!

      April 11, 2011 at 4:35 am |
    • @Blackinese

      So are you. The difference between us is that you're racist...and probably poor.

      April 11, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  2. Armageddon

    Pretty well. i'd rather believe that LUCIFER transformed and become SATAN. and He is Thoroughly working trough this agency of EVOLUTION. How pitiful and pathetic you are!

    April 11, 2011 at 2:52 am |
  3. Dominator

    Apparently anyone can become a professor at a Christian college, including an unbeliever.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:43 am |
  4. Think

    This man's religion is "nature" not Christianity. Christians look to Scripture for Truth not nature. God was there at the beginning. Karl was not. I'll take God's word over Karl's.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:25 am |
    • Armageddon

      You're right. Trying to misled us..CAN YOU IMAGINE TEACHING EVOLUTION TO YOUR CHILDREN? NOTHING BUT A BAD FOUNDATION!
      Teaching our children the lesson that there is no absolute right and wrong is very dangerous. It has caused a disaster in our public schools, our court system, and for the very fabric of our society.
      A false understanding of human origins ultimately degrades society. Consider the nations that have made atheism the core of their culture — the former Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and Vietnam. I’ve been to Russia and China and have seen the devastating effects of atheism: Suicide, alcoholism, and spousal abuse are epidemics. Atheism offers no hope or purpose for life.
      Satan told Adam and Eve that if they rejected God’s Word, they would be freed and experience unlimited human advancement. Instead, they were enslaved by sin. Today, Cuba, North Korea, and China aggressively persecute Christianity, all the while suppressing freedom, advancement, and hope — enslaving their people in unspeakable evil.
      Evolutionists can also rationalize all kinds of immoral behaviors as merely part of the evolution of man; nothing is inherently bad. As a teenager, I learned that my science teacher had an affair with a woman in the loft of his home while his pregnant wife was downstairs. Though it deeply hurt his wife, he appeared indifferent to her feelings. He excused himself by saying, “Not all of the primates we’ve evolved from are monogamous, so adultery is perfectly natural. We can’t help it.” Evolution clearly undermines Christian living!

      April 11, 2011 at 2:39 am |
  5. ushdnobtr

    Wait a minute here...Now, I don't really care to get into this argument and I think it is less than responsible to use your spot as the Belief blog co-editor as a bully pulpit to espouse a view contradictory to most people who ascribe to a religious belief system. Most religions have a version of the creation story.

    However, it is more than a little disingenuous, in fact it is stupid to bring Jesus into this. Assuming Chrisitianity is correct (another argument I don't care to get into), then Jesus was the only-begotten son of God. Ergo, Jesus doesn't have to "believe" in anything. He would KNOW. If you want to present your argument as logical, then don't base it on a premise.

    Finally, I have to complement the writer. I doubt he could have picked a more inflammatory subject or presented in a more incendiary way. I hope, for his sake, he gets paid based on number of views.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • ushdnobtr

      Additionally, should a scientific theory really require belief? Isn't the point of the scientific method to have a testable hypothesis?

      Playing Devil's Advocate is fun...

      April 11, 2011 at 2:17 am |
  6. m

    @ travis, simply put scientists, using the different methods of dating come up with ages that are impossible (like dating a 30 year old rock to being millions of years old) and use way too many unsubstantiated assumptions.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Bobby

      Wrong. This is not the case.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • trap

      "A 30-year-old rock?" What in the world are you talking about? Are you saying rocks just appear out of nowhere? Do they fall from the sky when it rains? Unless you are referring to some pumice or another type of volcanic rock from a recent eruption, pretty much every rock is billions of years old.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  7. Brad Fregger

    Depends on how you define evolution. If you are suggesting it's a slow process that takes place over many thousands of years, you've got some at least one significant problem:

    It would be effectively impossible for enough of one specific mutation to a new species to happen at the same time in the same locale without some outside force.

    Darwin described natural selection very well, and, while he may have hypothesized evolution to new species, he did not observe it. And, neither have we ,... not without the aid of intelligence–human scientists.

    I'm not suggesting that new species can't happen, only that the accidental new species cannot survive without a sufficient number appearing together. For this to happen, there must have been an outside force.

    Geologist, also, used to believe in evolutionary geological change. But, the time came when they had to accept the reality of catastrophic change.

    Evolution as it is presently described does not take place. Instead, we go from long periods of status quo, to short periods of massive change caused by some outside force. Whether that force is guided by an intelligent force of somekind, may be determined scientifically someday, but for now it's enough to recognize that the process is very different from what we've been led to believe.

    Please excuse any misspellings caused by my iPhone.

    April 11, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Concept

      @Brad – Here's a nice article that clears things up pretty well from a scientific point of view:

      http://www.prometheussociety.org/articles/DaCapo.html

      An excerpt from the article:

      "The sequence of events probably took place something like this.
      About five million years ago a translocation like that described above occurred in a pithecine male who was the controller of a harem of females.
      Rather than having 48 chromosomes, which was normal for his species, he had 47.
      When he mated with members of his harem, who possessed the usual number of chromosomes, half of his offspring would have had 48 chromosomes and half would have had 47.
      If some of those with 47 chromosomes mated among themselves, or were back-bred to their father, one quarter of their offspring would have had 48 chromosomes, one half would have had 47, and one quarter would have had 46.
      Those with 46 were the prototype of the new genus Homo.
      But at this stage they were not yet a new species.
      At most they can be thought of as a new chromosomal race., probably with great phenotypic difference from their fellows, but still not yet a new species.
      That had to wait for the appearance of one of the chromosome inversions discussed above.
      This inversion also probably occurred in a male with a harem and was transmitted in much the same way as the translocation.
      In this case, however, crosses between individuals with the inversion and those without produced only a few offspring, while matings between inverted chromosomes continued to be fertile, as did those without the inversion.
      This was the first step in breeding isolation. Suddenly, almost overnight, a new species came into existence."

      The author goes on to explain more, but I thought you should know that there are people out there actually answering these questions and doing actual research.
      Please read up on genetics and evolution if you are going to make statements like that. New knowledge will help you make better arguments. Yours needs a bit of work.

      April 11, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  8. JM

    I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

    April 11, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • Concept

      @JM – Take me with you!

      April 11, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  9. dlnorris

    Problem is evolution as a science is full of more crap than even the "biblical theorists" that claim it all happened 4000 years ago. Yes the world and universe are old. Yes, man has been around along time. Beyond that it is pretty much speculation, whether you believe a divine had is involved or not. One great 'paleontologist' wrote a book proving evolution based on male and female genitalia being similar a few weeks after conception... it the dope (with many phd's) would have look a few weeks early when male and female are just an egg and sperm he could have proven something (life is a miracle). Then there are the guys that find two teeth and a broken femur and draw a full being and describe how it fits in the 'evolution of species'. It is a big universe, and I tend to believe there is a great power guiding it. If you want to spend your life guessing how he (or she) did it, fine.....

    April 11, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Bobby

      Science isn't guessing. The fact that you're using a computer built on the advancements of science to denounce science is a sign of an ignorance beyond belief. Please educate yourself.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Ekim

      ^ I beg to differ. If you have taken science (or philosophy) for as long as hmm, I don't know, let's say beyond high school? ( which I hope you have or else you are writing that comment on a very rudimentary knowledge) You would know that in almost every courses/lectures – ESPECIALLY the Evolutionary science courses, they emphasize that science is ever changing, and that nothing is certain. This idea of changing theories and uncertainties are what drives research in the fields of science.

      It just seems silly to me that some people would religiously believe in something called science when all the scientists themselves know that it is never certain and that nothing can be proved with 100% certainty.

      Religion is something that many people I find today do not understand. It's sad really, to think that there is so little faith and that human beings have become so arrogant to the point that we refuse to believe anything that is more superior than us, forgetting our roots and who created us. We have become blinded by our sins and fallen into temptation.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • What Creation

      Ekim
      #1 You don't know the definition of a theory.
      #2 Science doesn't require belief in the religious sense.
      #3 I love how you deem other people arrogant when your own narcissism is readily apparent.
      #4 If you really don't believe in science then please, put down your computer and go back to your mud hut.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  10. swingstar73

    The question of whether or not Jesus would believe in evolution has been asked a million times.

    I've heard it said over and over that if Jesus was alive, he'd be an atheist.

    I think there is a lot of truth in that claim, if Jesus is looked at from a specific perspective.

    As the moral philosopher and teacher that Jesus appears to be, I think that that claim is true. Jesus wasn't afraid to face challenging questions head on. He wasn't afraid to think and to take critical views towards false ideas. The whole idea of false prophets that he is opposed to represents this part of Jesus. I think that if Jesus were alive today, he would look at the evidence and say "You know what guys, science and philosophy really has something to say here that you should all listen to." The idea that "God is truth" carries over to the question of evolution. Evolution is reality. It has been proven and reproven. To think that the world never had evolution (which is a surprisingly popular view in America) is simply misguided and untrue.

    There is another part of who Jesus was that I think the author of the article ignores. Jesus thought he was God. The entire premise of Christianity is that Jesus is God. I would think that in a civilized society, nobody would really take any person seriously who claims to be God. Unfortunately, though, since Christianity has such a hold over so many people in the world, the tradition of spreading the false truth of Jesus's godliness spreads from one generation relatively unnoticed except by outsiders to Christianity. Even more, the idea that people have to be pretty much nuts to think Jesus was God, even gets looked over by many people that how wacky that claim is because they too have religions where they believe a certain person was God. Even some some people who affiliate themselves as being atheists look over the perverseness of religious belief because they either don't care to think about the big questions of life (stupid atheists), or they have been so indoctrinated into the idea that "nobody knows the real answer" that they take on a politically correct belief that religion isn't to be questioned, if it works for some people, then who are we to tel them that they are wrong? The problem is that religion doesn't work for anyone. That point of view is like a math teacher who sees that a kid's answer on a test is wrong, but doesn't correct it because "It works for them..."

    I think that unfortunately, despite the author of the articles best attempts to show that evolution has been treated unfairly and deserves more respect, he still resorts to asking "What would Jesus believe?" He still takes that deferential line of reasoning. Unfortunately for him, Jesus thought he was God. Darwinian evolution, the original and scientific version of evolution, stands in direct contrast to the idea that the God of the bible is responsible for our creation. That is why Darwinian evolution isn't accepted by so many people. Off-shoots of the idea of evolution have been created by the Pope, for example, to try to fit the idea of evolution into the Catholic faith. However, those attempts have always been about picking and choosing the parts of evolution that seem to fit with Christian doctrine and ignoring the parts that contradict it. Scientific, Darwinian evolution has never been accepted by the religious. If they did accept it, then they wouldn't still be religious; Plain as that. In Richard Dawkin's book "The God Delusion", this is one of the major points that he addresses.

    The author of the CNN article writes, "Science is not a sinister enterprise aimed at destroying faith. It’s an honest exploration of the wonderful world that God created."

    He is partially right and partially wrong. Science is certainly not a sinister enterprise. However, I think his point goes awry when he says that science isn't "aimed at destroying faith." My problem with what he says that, in fact, that is exactly what the goals of many scientists like Richard Dawkins and their supporters, like me, do wish to accomplish. I wouldn't wish to use the word "destroy", because that isn't what it is about. That would be like saying the math teacher who corrects a students work is out to 'destroy his faith that his answer is right". It isn't about destroying anything. It is about giving people a better idea of what is really going on. The problem with saying "destroy" is that the author seems to be working from the idea that faith is a virtue. Once again, he is deferring to the religious image of religion. Faith isn't a virtue to the religious, no matter how they claim it is for the same exact reason that "faith" isn't a virtue to the kid who believes his answer to the math problem is correct despite what the mathematical proofs say. In that sense, his faith in his answer really amounts to nothing more than stubborn arrogance. It is the same with religious faith. It is nothing more than a mix of stubborn arrogance and ignorance. It starts off as ignorance to the unknowing child who wants to believe, and somewhat rightfully so, in the things their parents, society, and their church tells them, but it becomes a particular kind of stubborn arrogance when they get older and still prefer to defer to what the believe, rather than taking the honest chance to test their beliefs against what others claim to be true.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Armageddon

      FINE....YOU'RE NOT DESTROYING FAITH... BUT CAN YOU IMAGINE TEACHING EVOLUTION TO YOUR CHILDREN? NOTHING BUT A BAD FOUNDATION!
      Teaching our children the lesson that there is no absolute right and wrong is very dangerous. It has caused a disaster in our public schools, our court system, and for the very fabric of our society.
      A false understanding of human origins ultimately degrades society. Consider the nations that have made atheism the core of their culture — the former Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and Vietnam. I’ve been to Russia and China and have seen the devastating effects of atheism: Suicide, alcoholism, and spousal abuse are epidemics. Atheism offers no hope or purpose for life.
      Satan told Adam and Eve that if they rejected God’s Word, they would be freed and experience unlimited human advancement. Instead, they were enslaved by sin. Today, Cuba, North Korea, and China aggressively persecute Christianity, all the while suppressing freedom, advancement, and hope — enslaving their people in unspeakable evil.
      Evolutionists can also rationalize all kinds of immoral behaviors as merely part of the evolution of man; nothing is inherently bad. As a teenager, I learned that my science teacher had an affair with a woman in the loft of his home while his pregnant wife was downstairs. Though it deeply hurt his wife, he appeared indifferent to her feelings. He excused himself by saying, “Not all of the primates we’ve evolved from are monogamous, so adultery is perfectly natural. We can’t help it.” Evolution clearly undermines Christian living!

      April 11, 2011 at 2:35 am |
    • Concept

      @Armageddon – If Adam and Eve had not yet eaten the fruit then they could not have known that the snake was evil. They are innocent of any wrongdoing! If they couldn't make intelligent and moral decisions yet (due to having no knowledge of good and evil), then of course they would do something without thinking. But was there evil in their hearts?
      It doesn't sound like it when you read that stuff. They were dumb animals who didn't even know what could be good or bad, right? How is anything their fault? God pretended not to know they would make the wrong decision ahead of time?
      How could they outsmart such an evil god? No matter what they did they would have eventually done something wrong or evil – because they didn't know any better.
      Adam and Eve were framed. They didn't know any better. They were no more than simple-minded children in that respect.
      And we don't hold children to the same standards as an educated adult who should know better.
      If they don't know any better, they are either children or insane – both very good defenses against any accusation.
      My verdict: "Not guilty by reason of not knowing any better before and during the commission of the crime."
      No crime, no need for restltution or blood-sacrifice-payment. You guys are getting ripped off in a most singular fashion.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:53 am |
    • ushdnobtr

      Really? He'd be an atheist? The guy who walked around saying he was the Son of GOD would be an atheist? Let's all review that thought for a moment. Yup, my head hurts too. See, this is what I hate about modern Christianity. You do not get to pick and choose. EITHER Jesus was who he said he was, or he was either A. the greatest, most evil, cynical liar in the history of human civilizaiton or B. as crazy as a man who thinks he is a poached egg.

      This isn't about religion, it simply doesn't make sense from a logical standpoint.

      April 11, 2011 at 5:46 am |
  11. Jim

    It is motivation versus mechanism. Creation answers why (motivation) and evolution answers how (mechanism). Two totally different questions.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  12. Scott

    @ Rich:
    Quote: "Please, please please, for the sake of civil and intellectually honest discussion, don't quote any more Answers in Genesis junk science. Their site is full of inaccuracy, half-truths and flat-out lies." – Citations, please

    Also, please, please, please quit quoting dead scientists and books written by man and start sharing some eyewitness accounts of cross species evolution.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
    • Concept

      @Scott – What do you mean when you say "cross species evolution"? And why would we have "eye-witness accounts" when all this happens at the cellular level? Are you nuts?

      April 11, 2011 at 1:17 am |
    • PowFarmer

      @Scott:

      By "books written by man", you must be referring to the Bible, right?

      April 11, 2011 at 2:32 am |
  13. Andromeda

    No, SayYaWantRevolution, organized religion is not the real problem. The real problem with this world is basic human arrogance. It's what makes religion such an extreme issue. It leads to defensive behavior, name calling, and condescension; whether in arrogance, or as a defense to arrogance really makes no difference. Arrogant people are so sure that what they believe is the only truth. They don't leave room for someone else to have a different opinion, or at the very least are willing to defend another person's right to have a differing opinion.
    Bottom line is that everything wrong with this world can be traced to human incursion on a natural world; human arrogance, selfishness, and greed. Whether you believe in God or not, I can't imagine that humans were made in Gods image considering how flawed we all are.

    April 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • Concept

      @Andromeda – Those are just symptoms, not root causes. Is there a cause to what you say are causes? Then they are not root causes. You must trace everything as far as you can or you can forget about being totally correct.

      April 11, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • chris

      humans are 'flawed' because were were given the free will to reject god (sin)–Sin is where the arrogance comes from, but god, knowing from before the begining of time that man would choose to reject him in their free will, had a plan set in place to come to earth and offer himself as one willing to bear his just wrath for our rejection

      April 11, 2011 at 3:05 am |
  14. Wilson

    This guy is a such idiotic... he can believe anything, but, leave us and Jesus alone!

    April 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Nick

      Sir, you can't even write a fully comprehensible sentence. Please, take a few classes on grammar, and then you can join the rest of adult society.

      April 11, 2011 at 12:08 am |
    • Ekim

      @Nicki- Sir, you need to open your eyes and stop being influenced by "the petty gossip of dominant opinion". How can you be so blind and deaf? Please have some little faith.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:40 am |
  15. Tyler

    Does anyone even think of using proper punctuation? Proper sentences?
    No?
    *sigh*
    All hail the Dark Lord Cthulhu!

    April 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • ShutTheEffUp

      "Proper Sentences?" is not a proper sentence.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:33 am |
    • Armageddon

      Now this is One the amazing proof that the END time is at hand. Prophet Daniel Said, even to the time of the END: Many shall run to and fro, and KNOWLEDGE SHALL INCREASED. (Daniel 12:4) Have pity on you!

      April 11, 2011 at 3:11 am |
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  17. Christian Adeline

    Jesus would never believe in falsehood such as macro evolution. He doesn't need to believe in anything in the first place, since He knows and created everything and He Himself is the Truth. Bible-illiterates must never equate their thinking to that of Jesus.

    April 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm |
    • Nick

      Wait, excuse me, what? Are you forgetting the fact that Jesus was a Jew? Also, the idea of the Trinity is not once mentioned in the Bible. Therefore, according to the sacred scripture of Christianity, there is nothing that points to Jesus' divinity. The majority of what you believe in has been built up in the dogma of the Church. On top of that, the Bible doesn't even claim to be the word of God like the Qur'an does. The Bible is an account of Jesus' life written by men. Please bare that in mind when you make any presumptions about its sacristy.

      April 11, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Ekim

      Um, wow, you know soooo much about the Bible -___-
      Only the New Testament accounts for the life of Jesus Christ, and may I add that the Old Testament which the Bible mostly comprises of and also largely shared with Jews, is NOT about Jesus? and the Bible ARE God's words in the sense that it is recorded as God desired. It's sad to see that there are so many blind people when there are so much faith they can grasp onto.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • big dawg

      @Nicki – you obviously don't know what your talking about... Don't worry Adeline, these folks including the author of this article can never relate to our way of thinking since their ancestors are the apes, obviously they also have an ape-like thinking.

      April 11, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • Ekim

      In addition, if you have read the Bible – yes, actually read it!, the theme of the Holy Trinity including God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit is in the Bible. 🙂

      April 11, 2011 at 2:34 am |
    • matt

      The scoffing nature of your ridiculous retorts sickens me. You believe in a book written 2000 years ago, that is factually proven wrong by every possible scientific measure. If you can't get off your high horse, and realize that you are just weak and need to be rewarded in the afterlife and have a "meaning" in your life to keep going, then I can't help you. I can't wait til the only important thing you people ever do is become 93 octane a few thousands years down the line so someone can use your remains for fuel.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:00 am |
    • big dawg

      @matt – i feel sori for you if you keep stuffing your mouth with food to produce 93 octane for your great grand children. i think the lies you stuff in your soul will also make good fire to where you're goin.

      April 11, 2011 at 4:22 am |
  18. Christian Adeline

    This means 4 in 10 Americans are informed properly and are free thinkers who refused to be brainwashed by sci-fi writers!

    April 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
    • PraiseTheLard

      Adeline: you have the intelligence of a macaw – albeit one that has evolved to be able to type on a keyboard...

      April 11, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  19. Christian Adeline

    The book of nature indicates the common Creator, not common ancestors. DNA indicates humans are made distinct, never shared or crossable. The Bible is inerrant in every matter, not just on spiritual matters. If one cannot accept 6,000-year-ago creation, he can interpret the word "day" in Genesis 1 as something longer than one solar-day, though there are evidences for Earth being very young. One has to wonder how could this mankind ruin a "supposedly" billion-years-old so throughly in about 100 years. Planets obviously are not that durable like non-believers want to believe.

    April 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Tyler

      "If one cannot accept 6,000-year-ago creation, he can interpret the word "day" in Genesis 1 as something longer than one solar-day, though there are evidences for Earth being very young. One has to wonder how could this mankind ruin a "supposedly" billion-years-old so throughly in about 100 years. Planets obviously are not that durable like non-believers want to believe."
      .......
      Owww. Brain.. Hurting... Must.. Gnash...Teeth
      May I break down this comment? This comment was understandable up until this part.
      "If one cannot accept 6,000-year-ago creation,"
      What? What does that mean?
      This isn't even part of a sentence. These are words forced together, like Black P. Stones and Latin Kings put into a room together with automatic firearms and machetes.
      "though there are evidences for Earth being very young."
      I believe you just took my ability to think and put a power drill to it's skull.
      I believe you also just came up with a new variant on the word "evidence". I must consult Miriam-Webster immediately!
      "One has to wonder how could this mankind ruin a "supposedly" billion-years-old so throughly in about 100 years."
      My eyes are twitching now. There is a ringing in my ears and it's only getting louder as I read on.
      How could THIS mankind? So you are implying that there have been mankinds before us?!?!
      Ruin a supposedly billion years of what? I'm not exactly sure if there is even a subject in there.
      "Planets obviously are not that durable like non-believers want to believe."
      The planet is actually durable. It has withstood another planet crashing into it. We have had multiple Extinction-level events happen to this planet. And it hasn't gone away.
      If you're referring to the rapidly changing climate, then our utterly wrong. The planet can survive a bit more carbon dioxide. life can adapt to it, even thrive in it. It's only humanity and the rest of life on Earth which are threatened.

      April 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • swingstar73

      So then you have nothing in common with your parents or your kids?

      April 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • zach

      Actually the a day in hebrew is different... Also your looking at everything from a english translation. For example many studies show that the earth being created in 6 days could have a billion years for each day. Im tired of christians pushing people away from christ like u people u dont believe in eovlution because if u dont your stupid. The bible proves science if you read it the right way. The earth is 13 billion years and I am a disciple of Christ not just a sunday christian

      April 11, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  20. Nathan

    So I'm going to through out the topic of ghosts. It's kind of like a grenade, and it's probably going to blow up in my face. Moving on, CNN, you need a like button so we can appreciate all the funny replies.

    April 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
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