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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. Ed

    I have said it before and will say it agian science and relegion are not opponents they are opposites and are compatable. Science can prove and has given us many great things. God started it all. He gave us a brain so we could have science. Lower species like dogs and cats don't. without out scsince we would ot have modern medecine or flight or electricity. with out God we would not have a unciverse at all. Science explains much but not all at least not yet God explains all just not in the detil we want. We need both and they work together. As for evolution it is likely real its how we came to be God just started it all. it has been said by some scientist the it is nearly impossible to create man solely through evoultion you would have a better chance having a category 5 hurricane hitting a junk yard and creating a fully functioning 747. But with sime type of intelligence guiding the basic path with just a little inflence it becomes very easily possible. That intelligence is God. It may not be the same God that christians beleive in but it is God. Cell spliting to create more of them read genesis again there are similaritys. whether you like this point of view or not is up to you. In any case science and relegion are combatable stop pretending they are not.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Ed
      Doctor Greg Graffin's Thesis paper, "Evolution, Monism, Atheism and the Naturalist World-View" was a survey of the world's pre-eminent evolutionary biologists. It found that the vast majority of them find no conflict beteween religion and science, so long as religion is recognized solely as a social adaptation.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • William Demuth

      Ed

      In the past, I have wondered about my Labradors intellectual capacity.

      Then she told me she was Christian, and I realized she really is an idiot.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:14 am |
    • John

      Yes and it would be easier to accept evolution than your numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  2. odub

    What I believe is that Jesus Christ is the son of God and our savior. I also believe that science plays a crucial role in our lives. Just read at the Book of Numbers. God is as scientific as can be. Love one another, people! We are all created differently and loved by God the same. Paul writes:

    Romans 12
    4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. 6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  3. DRE

    Wow. What a stupid article.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:03 am |
  4. ONE TRUTH

    This story is LAME!! And Karl W. Giberson is a lost soul and nerd...

    April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  5. Ironhouse

    Either A. He would be like, "believe in it, obviously I invented it"
    or B. He would acknowledge the overwhelming amount of hard proof and accept it as part of the process that God started.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  6. Finney

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

    They come out with a reasonable explanation, but still not having the reasoning power to think that God the Creator's creative power is beyond all reasons. Making conclusions of His reasoning power itself is foolishness. You man cannot understand God fully. God is beyond all imaginations. He can create anything today and have all the properties in it, which in mans understanding will seem to be of millions of years old and can have genes broken / unbroken, whatever it is, of all the living and non living things in that new creation of God. It does not need to have a common ancestor. First do accept the truth that GOD is not what your small brain imagine of fully.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  7. Jon

    I consider myself to be about as Christian as it gets. Jesus not only believes in evolution, but under the authority of God he created the process just like He created the heavens, the earth, the seas, and all living things. He created living things in a way that allowed them to adapt to their environments. The seven "days" are seven periods of creation that span billions of years. I don't know whether God created man exactly as he is today or whether he used a process of evolution to achieve man's present form...but either way I totally believe that once man's body was created, either by evolution or instantaneously, in a way that could house the spirits God created for them, at that point God breathed the breath of life into Adam. Personnaly I see no conflict between the theory of evolution and Christianity...but then I also believe that God really is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that he can call prophets today and that his teachings are not limited to the Bible....this is a view that many Christians don't share. It is sad that Christians today chose to limit their knowledge and understanding as if they were limiting God himself with their limited understanding.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  8. WWJD

    Of course Jesus would believe in evolution. God created the universe, and evolution is part of that universe. How could Jesus deny what God has created.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  9. Ric

    It is a sad state that Whenever something like religion comes up, suddenly all the folks coming out of the woodwork have nothing to say other than " God , Jesus Etc is nothing but a lie for the wekminded Etc." Genesis DOES hold proof for evolution.. If you look at the Order of Things As they are created.. next to the scientific record of Earth cooling .. Oceans forming life starting etc.. BOTH.. go from Simple to complex.. If you are simply willing to throw away the concept of a SINGLE day for each ...What is a DAY to something/ONE that is omnipotent... Just sayin

    April 11, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  10. Shane

    Couldn't have said it better myself Karl. Nice work.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  11. Jason

    For all those thinking eye-witnesses are required to support all of evolution, I'd like to remind you that multiple lines of evidence trumps any eye-witness. Just as in a murder trial, DNA, fingerprints, etc, are more powerful evidence than an eye witness. Besides, evolution has been witnessed by human eyes on the small and slow scale predicted by evolution.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  12. gogogopher

    2nd kings chapter two will tell you all you need to know about the child-killing Jesus.
    That's right.... CHILD KILLING JESUS.
    he sent two bears to maul 42....... 42 children.... as translated the KJV.... which according to scholars... is the most accurate translation.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Jesus

      How about the Infancy Gospels which were omitted from the Constantine approved Bible in 320 AD? The Jesus there was a real whimsical killer who would take you out for the slightest transgression.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • Denogh

      No, 2 kings would be a child killing god. Jesus wasn't in the old testament.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • gogogopher

      Denough.....

      So you don't believe in the Trinity? God/Jesus/Spirit are one? So you're a theist.... that's cool. Or a deist? That would be cool too....

      April 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  13. stravo lukos

    Kindly stop being so sanctimonious and give the guy, Karl W. Giberson, a chance to explain himself, which, btw, I thot he did quite well. It all depends on the question you ask. If you want to understand the scientific theory, you must adhere to the rules of science. Creationists, by and large, have not and have suffered the consequences of their failure to do so. If it is a question of the faith, then science cannot possibly offer an answer. I see no insurmountable contradiction in the term, Christian evolutionist. God can use whatever means He sees fit to create anything, and it’s none of our business to chasten Him for doing just that.

    Here are two sections from the article that I believe best support brother Giberson’s argument. Please read and understand them before attacking w/both feet planted squarely in your mouth.
    “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.”
    “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.”

    April 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  14. Anthony DC

    I wonder if god is an Atheist?

    April 11, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  15. sd wilson

    The caption under the DNA helix is completely untrue. I have studied this subject in dept for 20 years or so now. The genetic code is the most hostile witness AGAINST evolution there is. Also, please realize that Creationists do believe that God gave living organisms the ability to adapt to their environment, this explains the myriad of different kinds of fish, insects, etc. But these changes will only happen within the species, there is never a leap to another species. So let´s not confuse one thing with another.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • James McDougal

      @sd wilson. Fascinating. Please tell us more about this research. Which peer reviewed journals do you read? To which ones have you contributed? At which university's biology/genetics department do you work? I am very interested because you appear to go against what the overwhelming majority of scientists think.

      Also you are likely a hack who is not guided by reason but rather by iron-age mythologies written by people who were unaware of such basic scientific ideas as the germ theory of disease

      April 11, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  16. M

    Evolution is an observation made by man. Science is the result of man's intelligence. For us men to debate the intention or existence of God is a contradiction in itself. God is so much greater than man can fathom. Evolution, Science, Fact, and Reason are ideas that man is capable of grasping. Do not bundle man's mere notion of God within the realm of man's understanding. Jesus taught us to have faith. Faith. Faith is to believe without seeing or understanding. This is my approach.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Brian

      Yes but that is different than refusing to see or refusing to understand.

      99% of "creationists" approach the subject of evolution as a debate about the existence of God. God is not incompatible with science, but he is beyond science, outside of the limits of its observation. If there is a God, then he created universe and all of its physical properties: the Gravitational constant, Planck's constant, the structure of the quark, the proton, the electron, the neutron, the chemical elements...everything.

      What creationists are really arguing for is the literal interpretation of the Bible. It is the contrast between the description of the creation in Genesis vs the description of nature in science that makes "creationists" uncomfortable. You're not really creationists, you're literalists, and as such you put yourself in a position where you refuse to believe. That's not quite the same thing as faith. If your faith were stronger, you wouldn't be afraid to look.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  17. Upward Bound

    Good luck with your theory, Dr. Giberson. You'll find out the truth one day, but, unfortunately for you, it'll be too late then. What doesn't make sense is if you're so convinced creation is a myth, why spend so much effort trying to disprove it and convince people you've got the answer? I mean, we know that the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause don't exist, but we don't go about writing dissertations trying to prove they're not real.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • John

      Well the Easter Bunny and Santa don't have the potential to divide and screw up entire civilizations. And they don't ever threaten to come back and kill everyone who doesn't believe:)

      April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Upward Bound

      Exactly, John. That's why it makes sense to err on the side of the Bible.

      April 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  18. laurie

    Professing themselves to be wise, became fools!

    April 11, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  19. CW

    This gentlemen tries to make the case of this:

    1. Yes the bible is truth....some of it...the old testament is just a story.

    This man needs some prayer. You can't just believe in the parts of the Bible you want to believe in...you take it all or nothing. There isn't any way out of that.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:43 am |
    • jaysunstar

      This is the typical mantra of the fundamentalist. Who ever said you HAVE to believe ALL or nothing with the bible. Let's see, oh that's right, the BIBLE says it. I have only one problem with that which involves something called LOGIC. How can use use a book to validate itself? You can't. I could come up to you with, what I claim to be, a sacred and holy book and tell you that "we come from an alien race from outer space" and then say my proof is right here in my book so it MUST be true.

      Why is it that Christians can't grasp this concept? My guess is that they are afraid to search for the real truth because it would be too much of a challenge for their belief system.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @CW
      Come on CW – we both know that you don't believe all of the OT to be true.
      In other debates, you assert that Jesus' coming rendered the OT obsolete.
      Do you live your life following the rules laid down in Leviticus?

      April 11, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • CW

      @ Jaysunstar,

      I stand behind the Bible as truth....period. In order to believe the Bible you have to have what's called "FAITH"....not "LOGIC". Believe what you want but as it says in the Bible "Trust in God and Lean NOT on your own understanding"

      @ Doc,

      Your right I have said that we as christians ARE NOT to live by the old standards....examples

      1. sacrificing of animals
      2. some of the ways that we were told in the old testament to worship

      ....just to name a couple but I have never never said that the old testament wasn't true. Also some of the old rules on how to live are found in both the NEW and OLD testament example (h-o-'m-'o-'s-'e-'x-'uality). Yes I have also said that per Hebrews Jesus coming was a fulfillment of the prophesies for-told in the old testament.

      I

      April 11, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  20. NB

    More brain washing! What Jesus has to do with evolution. God is the Creator and EVOLUTION is a big LIE! Yes, I was taught evolution in school, that we come from the "monkeys". What a laugh! Why are they still existing jumping around the jungles of Africa? Why didn't these monkeys evolved just like us? Why did the dinnossaurs became extinct and didn't evolve to survive? Why do snakes crawl and didn't developed some legs? etc, etc, etc. Darwin had a theory that in the end does not prove anything; it was his theory and not a scientific evidence that evolution was based on. Science comes after God, not before; a scientist puts to work a mind that was made by God, his knowledge is not his. Period. Better start teaching that in the classroom. That's being logical, not the other way around. We exist, earth exists because God willed so, not the other way around and please do not get Jesus name involved in an a article like this; Jesus is God, not a mere man.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:35 am |
    • William Demuth

      Asking what Jesus would believe in is like asking what Scooby Doo would believe.

      Jesus is a fraud perpetuated on the weak minded.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:39 am |
    • William Demuth

      The question is predicated on a premise that one believes Jesus is real.

      He is not, he is a pure fabrication created by men who realized that humans fear death on a subconscious level. It has been sold to the flock of sheep humanity is, and is the greatest collective failure of our race.

      Death is inevitable and absolute, and it is a good thing it is, because life is wasted upon us.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • ScienceUM

      The lack of coherent English in your post really helps to support your views. You make all creationists look ill-educated.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:48 am |
    • John

      Monkeys, however, are smarter than creationists.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • jaysunstar

      Why is it that you need proof for evolution when you lack the same critical eye for religion? Where is your scientific proof that God exists? All of the questions in your rant actually have real answers that you obviously never bothered to look up.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • Hugo

      @RB – Do you believe that atoms exist? Do you believe that genes exist?

      April 11, 2011 at 8:56 am |
    • John

      You are lying to yourself you self righteous fairy tale advocate:)

      April 11, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • MadMelvin

      I hate to generalize, but I do so love how it seems there's a direct relationship between grammar and intelligence. If you want people to take you seriously, stop saying things like "why didn't they evolved?" Also, doesn't it worry you, at least a little bit, that the universe appears to be so ancient? Did God create the cosmic microwave backround radiation just to screw with our heads? I'd be really scared living in a world run by a deceptive prankster.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • JP

      Well, you my friend have clearly NOT evolved

      April 11, 2011 at 8:58 am |
    • Face

      NB=one of many fails of the day!

      April 11, 2011 at 8:59 am |
    • JPopNC

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

      Or.........maybe everything came from the same designer!

      April 11, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • William Demuth

      Thank God for creationists!

      Without them I would always forget to order fries!

      April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Margroks

      Clearly, you didn't pay attention in science class because Evolution does NOT say humans came from monkeys. It says we branched off from early anthropoids, descending in our own line from a very long time ago. Evolution simply says organisms change and evolve adn that's obvious if you've ever bred dogs or pea plants. Evolution also does not say how it all started, jsut how it continues.

      Bottom line is that the fossil record shows clear evidence of evolution in numerous organisms. I think human beings should be using the brains God gave us to investigate the universe around us instead of listening to stories passed down from wandering tribes thousands of years ago, obviously based on cultural mores and oral traditions of the time. Creationism is religious nonsense and has no place in government sponsored schools.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Tim

      What you learned in middle school or highschool is the wrong idea of evolution. Molecular evolutionary evidence does not say "human comes from monkeys" that is a misconception that even the teachers get when they are teaching. Molecular DNA provide strong evidence that monkeys and human "SHARE" the same common ancestor. Just like the way your kids will inherit the same set of DNA and genes from you, millions of years ago, ancestros of monkey and human had the same common ancestor and slowly deviated. I didn't believe in evolution until I became a Bioinformatician, a computer scientist that look at DNA/Molecular data. I was ablle to see everything clearly myself. Evolution is the foundation for all the Scientific Research on Cancer, Heart Disease, Poultry Science, Plant Biology, human living standard improved within the last 30-40 years is a direct result of utilizing Evolution to infer functionality of genes which we can use in drug development. Its been there and it is fine that you don't believe it you can still live your life comfortably, but you won't be able to see the same truth that I see every day.

      A Devoted Christian that believes Nothing in Biology Makes Sense except in the Light of Evolution

      April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Shay

      NB – No. Science comes WITH God, not before not after. It is PROOF of God that any clear logical person can see. Our math explains many things, but not the controlled chaos of quantum mechanics working in harmony with the calm of the laws of gravity or what was the catalyst that caused the Big Bang. The Lord said "Let there be light!" . I purpose that he unclasped the balance of those forces holding together the infancy of our universe and THEN it was good. To ignore facts of science that show the evidence of God is to ignore the Bible itself, for it is the Word and science is the proof of the action.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • TB

      NB, you must have hit your head on a rock at some point in your life. First, the theory states that we didn't come FROM monkeys, we share a common ancestor, for a rock dented skull that translates to they evolved parallel with us. You want to see the work of God? Then you just answered your own questions, monkeys evolved... into over 3,000 different species by interbreeding; snakes DIDN'T grow legs, because they DON'T NEED THEM... as opposed to you projecting what you EXPECT on them.. The Shark has been the same for MILLIONS of years, why? They didn't grow legs, so they must be less evolved, right? Wrong, They've reached the optimal level–the perfect hunger. I dare you to go jump into a pool full of them with a small cut on your toe.

      God is God, Jesus is the SON of God. Go back to school and stop taking things so literally.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Ed G

      Hey NB,
      Evolution does NOT say we evolved from monkeys, you idiot. It says that apes and humans came from a COMMON ANCESTOR. I suppose you believe that all the fossils proven to be millions of years old were places there by Satan to confuse good Christians. Evolution IS. If you do not believe in it, the next time you have the flu, forgo that visit to the doctor's office for that flu shot, which is formulated differently each year because: the flu virus EVOLVES and the formula must be changed for it to work on the evolved virus. Get your head out of the sand. The Bible is not the end-all literal truth. It is the history of a group of bronze-age Jews (btw: Jesus was a Jew and did NOT come to establish a new religion, but preached for the Jews to "Follow the Law") and their trials and tribulations through the centuries. Nice stories, not literal fact.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Monte

      I am CERTAIN that most who support evolution have been robbed of the right to hear the facts, and attacking another theory or idea does not help in reaching a sound conclusion. Each idea must be studied based on its on merits, not the perceived errors or failings of another hypothesis

      Academia in general, teachers, administrators, and for the most part scientists, will rarely take a view that will cost them what is REAL in their world, the respect of their peers, tenure, and monetary rewards, and frankly, there are NONE of those benefits available to anyone who who espouse a belief that their is a higher life form than us.

      DNA, the immune system, the bodies ability to heal, procreation, the eye, ear, respiratory system, blood, the heart, the brain, memory, imagination, muscles, nerves, the simple cell, taste buds, speech, the spinal cord, just breathtakingly inexcusable.They had a designer without question. Dig deeper. To dismiss the idea of a creator, robs us of the opportunity to possibly get to know this amazing artist, scientist, physicist, biologist, astronomer, and creator.

      We act like angry children when we refuse to discuss this fully, angry at the force that caused our existence because he "seems" to be ignoring our cries for answers. He has given us many answers, but "according to our wish", we choose to ignore them, to our own detriment.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:07 am |
    • Tha_Truth

      Jesus is a historical figure. Even Roman records has him as an existing figure against the Roman rule. That's why he is such a huge figure that what he said and did extends to our time. Evolution is just one of the many of Satan's snares. The weak-minded is the ones that fall prey, and end-up with no hope. People who say he didn't exist are just speaking without knowing, because it's to hard on you to do your homework, rather it is easier to just say something and not investigate. Scientists still can't explain whey there's order in the Universe, and why they can't find the missing link. It's not there. It never existed. But historical FACT shows that Jesus did.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:10 am |
    • Sebastian van Gorder

      NB, you had best know what you are talking about before you start talking. Nowhere does evolutionary science claim that humans came from "The Monkeys" as you have said – Perhaps you should have paid better attention when you learned evolution in school. If you had, then you would understand that creatures, such as snakes, cannot simply will themselves to adapt. Creatures that lack the adaptations to survive in an environment dies, while those that are best suited for the conditions will live on and procreate. So, you see, the dinosaurs were not suited for the changing environment and thus died, leaving mammals and birds to thrive. And, a scientific "Theory", by definition is an idea that has been supported by experimental evidence and observation, so your claim that Darwin's theory is unsupported is absolutely baseless. And, finally, Darwin's theory of evolution is hardly similar to the current version of evolutionary theory. His idea was the starting point for the science of biological origins but in the past 200 years our understanding has progressed greatly. It seems you have some learning to do. Open your mind and do some reading and listening.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • TheWiz71

      Jesus is fully God, and also fully man. That is why and how the fullness of our humanity is saved, and that is the catholic (not just R.C.) faith. But, you miss the point of the article. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. One of the greatest misconceptions atheists have about Christians is that we have held scientific discovery back and fought against it at every turn. There is a bit of truth in that, but only a bit. Many of the most important scientists in history have been Christian (Gregor Mendel, Galileo [who was not imprisoned for heresy, contrary to popular belief], to name just two.
      God is the Creator, absolutely, and it is my belief (and I recognize that it is a belief) that he created the natural laws that do govern us with the foreknowledge that they would result in the natural order as we know it. If one reads the Creation account in Genesis, it pretty much follows the theories of how life in this world came about.
      Regarding your objection as to the continuing existence of "monkeys in the jungle", the theory of evolution is that every species at every given moment is just as much along its own evolutionary track as humans are. That is, monkeys are just as evolved in their own way as we humans are. The theory of human evolution is NOT that we evolved from apes or monkeys, but that all primates, including humans, share a common ancestor, and we have each continued down different evolutionary paths for different reasons. This same argument goes to your objection as to why snakes haven't evolved legs. I would remind you that there are a lot of other reptiles that have legs, it is just that snakes never did, it was not the route their evolutionary development took.
      Regarding your objection about dinosaurs, and why they didn't evolve to survive. Actually, most reptiles that we have among us are exactly that, surviving dinosaurs. What is more, there is an increasing scientific consensus that not all dinosaurs, as we popularly imagine them (velociraptors and so on) didn't actually die out, but that they evolved into what we now have as various bird species. As for the dinosaurs that did die out, remember that dinosaurs were around for hundreds of millions of year, whereas we humans have been on this earth only a tiny fraction of that time. During their existence, they were remarkably resilient, and had quite a long run, as far as any animal species goes.
      Regarding your objection that Darwin based his evolutionary theory not on science, that is absolutely wrong. That being said, his science was not nearly as advanced as we have today, but he based it on the scientific principles and practices he had. Later scientific discovery has given credence to his theory (such as the broken "vitamin C" gene mentioned above).
      NB, you say that "a scientist puts to work a mind that was made by God, his knowledge is not his. Period." I agree. However, you and I draw different conclusions from that. All knowledge and truth, including that which is illuminated by science and scientists does therefore have its origin with God. God gave us the capacity to discover and grow in knowledge and truth about ourselves, our origins, and our universe. Period. As the author quotes Galileo in the article, the Bible teaches us how to get to heaven, not how the heavens move. God gave us the capacity to develop science to figure it out. Deo Gratias!

      More brain washing! What Jesus has to do with evolution. God is the Creator and EVOLUTION is a big LIE! Yes, I was taught evolution in school, that we come from the "monkeys". What a laugh! Why are they still existing jumping around the jungles of Africa? Why didn't these monkeys evolved just like us? Why did the dinnossaurs became extinct and didn't evolve to survive? Why do snakes crawl and didn't developed some legs? etc, etc, etc. Darwin had a theory that in the end does not prove anything; it was his theory and not a scientific evidence that evolution was based on. Science comes after God, not before; a scientist puts to work a mind that was made by God, his knowledge is not his. Period. Better start teaching that in the classroom. That's being logical, not the other way around. We exist, earth exists because God willed so, not the other way around and please do not get Jesus name involved in an a article like this; Jesus is God, not a mere man.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Denogh

      Monkeys did evolve, just like us. We did not evolve from them, rather we evolved from a common ancestor. You obviously don't understand evolutionary theory. Perhaps you should read a couple of books on the topic, try to comprehend the subject matter and get back to us.

      April 11, 2011 at 9:25 am |
    • JB

      Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in Catholicism has stated that the scientific evidence points to the universe being created billions of years ago and that life on earth began about one billion of years ago. That life organisms appear to have adapted and evolved into increasingly more complex life forms. This still does not necessarily mean that man evolved from monkeys. God could have still created Adam and Eve immediately from the dust in the ground. The Catholic Church does not believe in a fundamentalist interpretation of the bible, like many Christian sects do, who confuse 6 days meaning 6 days the way we understand that time frame. Anyone could verify this position by the Pope, just by doing a “Pope Benedict and evolution” in a search engine.

      April 11, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • V

      For someone who speaks of the legitimacy of scientific evidence, its funny that you hang your hat on something that we have zero scientific evidence for. You sir, seem to be very, very deranged.

      April 11, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Billy

      Sir your answers will come in a text book not a Bible. Your problem is ignorance. You need to study how evolution actually works. Monkeys are on a path to evolve into more complex organisms like humans but this takes hundreds of millions of years. All your arugments against evolition are those of a lazy minded child who can't bother to read the full textbook but still wants to have an "open debate".

      Well I can't debate with you if you make ignorant statements like "why don't monkeys evolve into humans right now?"

      April 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
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