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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. True Beliver (not)

    Excellent article. But it will not matter to those who *think* they know the truth...

    April 10, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  2. Jeffrey

    Jesus is God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    the "idea" of evolution is that humans were developed over a period of time and changed from one thing to the "thing" we are now.. and is not true. Also, everything of the earth was created from the elements on the earth.. so of course everything here INCLUDING human beings are related. Man did not evolve from a plant or other animals.. and the bones from whatever ape or other being that walked the earth before mankind.. doesnt make it or prove it human in anyway.

    As for the world being only 10k years old.. the bible does not say that. The earth was a formless void.. it had been destroyed.. it was recreated and given to man. As you can see in the bible that satan was already here before Adam and Eve.. so no telling what or who was on this planet before us. Most importantly to know, the bible wasnt written to prove the existance of God.. everyone knows that God exists.. foul spirits simply hate Him and try to separate His children from Him.

    2Th 2:9-12 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

    *** This article is a weed seed.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:30 am |
    • Itsmellslikefish

      Now wait just a minute...I thought Jesus was the son of God. How can he be his own father???? Or maybe he could, because God can do anything, right? Now I'm really getting confused.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Godisamyth

      @itsmellslikefish

      God created man with flaws, knowing man would sin. He flooded the earth as punishment. And then to save his beloved creation from a flaw he gave them in the first place, he sent himself to be sacrificed on a cross to...himself.

      Duh.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Jeffrey

      God the Father, is the creator of everything.. He put His seed in 'Mary' and was born as Son of Man, Christ Jesus.. (God did this without leaving or diminishing His existance outside of all creation).

      Phil 2:6-7 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.

      Heb 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

      Jn 1:3-5 Through Him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

      If you reach deep enough you will find that the universe was created through a SOUND

      Jn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      Ge 1:3-4 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.

      Hope this helps. ❤ God Bless

      April 10, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • gogogopher

      Jeffery,
      Jesus helped kill 42 children, CHILDREN, with two bears. Jesus sent the bears to maul the kids because they were laughing at a bald headed prophet.

      Why would Christ kill children?

      April 11, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • LetsThink123

      @Jeffrey
      The flood is a myth and it is easy to see why. How do i know its a myth you ask? Well lets posit some logical questions:
      1. How can noah build such a large cruiseliner to hold ALL the animals of the earth with primitive tools?
      2. How can noah accommodate a lion and a zebra on the same ship without the lion having his zebra for lunch?
      3. How can noah (who thought that where he lived in his little part of the world was actually the entire world) save the indian bengali tigers, australian kangaroo, polar bears, penguins that he doesn't even know exist because he's a primitive man????
      4. From no 3, IF noah did bring polar bears and penguins onto his ship, did he build a special refrigerator to keep them from dying (cause u know they cant survive in warm climates)
      5. If this supposed flood did occur, why can't scientists find a plethora of fossils from that point in time of all the dead animals? did god use special water in the flood that dissolved all the bones of the animals?
      6. In order to flood the whole planet, you would need 3 times the amount of water that already exists on this planet, and you would essentially destroy the planet. And where did all that extra water go? It just disappeared or evaporated??
      AND i could go on and on to show you how easily it can be seen that noahs arc is a MYTH!
      Trying to answer these questions with logic and saying that 'God did it!' is not an answer, but a non-answer. If u accept the God did it answer then u will accept anything written in the bible without any thought. And that is ingenious of you. If i ask a hindu how can a god like ganesha even be physically possible (ganesha has a head of an elephant on a human body) they too will say 'God did it!', but that doesn't make it true!

      Oh and another thing, look up the wiki on the 'Epic of Gilgamesh'. This collection of myths were written 200 yrs before the bible and the noah story is copied right outta there! Read up on 'Relationship to the Bible' section for noah and the flood. Thanks!

      April 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm |
    • Rick

      @let's think 123

      How did all the fossilized clam shells get to the top of mt. everest? And since it used to be the bottom of the sea could you please redo your water volume calculations and get back to us. Thanks

      April 13, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  3. Dan

    Jason, I don't think the advancement of human technology can really be equated with biological evolution. Evolution takes millions of years whereas human technology, as we all know, can advance tremendously over night. I don't necessarily disagree that a belief in God and a belief in evolution contradict one another, but I think your latter point is off the mark. Also, I'd like to point out that you are assuming a certain causal relationship between humans and technology, i.e. "humans didnt want to walk al over to travel, man invented things to transport us better." I think the relationship between humans and their technology and advancement is a litte subtler and less one-sided than that.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  4. Momo

    This has to be the dumbest headline I've ever seen on CNN... if not ANY news website. CNN, please return to writing articles for adults.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  5. Scott

    As a Christian I can accept evolution though hold to a belief that the process was guided, not some chaotic random practice. I do not see those as being mutually exclusive and nothing about evolution can discount a guiding hand. I also do not discount that the writings could be divinely inspired...yeah like science can disprove it, though think the message was in a form that could be understood at the time. Describe evolution, DNA, solar system orbits to that generation? No. It gives the message in a content which could be understood with God knowing that we were smart people and would discover things on our own.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • ljheidel

      See, this is a *reasonable* take on the matter.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • Godisamyth

      @scott

      Kirk Cameron thinks you're going to hell. You christians might want to do some sort of a convention where you figure out exactly what it is you believe in and how to go about living your lives accordingly.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  6. Harvey Wallbanger

    Going to have to check this column through out the day. The squabble sure to arise will be most entertaining!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:22 am |
  7. jim jones

    This article is full of mimes. Beware people.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  8. Rabbi Cy Stanway

    Yes, I am a rabbi. And, yes, I am a student of science. Let's get that out of the way.

    First, if any first century Palestinian Jew were walking around today, evolution would be the last thing he would be worried about. I think he would be more concerned with not getting run over by a world that long evolved from the desert.

    Second – now this is a science lesson, so please listen – those who say that evolution is a 'theory' and therefore unsupportable simply do not understand what a 'theory' is in science. A 'theory' is something that other scientists try to prove, not as true, but as false. Is the theory 'falsifiable'? Evolution is a theory. But every time another layer of the theory is examined, it can not be proved 'false.' Therefore, the 'theory' becomes establish. Simply saying something is a 'theory' does not mean, in scientific terms, that it is a guess. Indeed, the story of creation in Genesis is more of a 'theory' in the way most people use the term 'theory' – totally unproven.

    The reality is that many people are afraid of science. They are afraid that if they learn, if they see the glory of creation on its own terms, they will somehow get excluded from the fantasy world of heaven. The great irony is that these are the same people who prove that, though organisms evolve in nature whether they want to admit it or not, simplistic and childish beliefs never seem to evolve for they embrace fear as a perpetual master.

    The sad part is that when my children were so much younger, they knew more science – i.e., truth – that those who really profess to seek it. Too many of today's children – who grow into adults – have a most childish sense of science, and therefore truth. But there is a cure: pick up a book. It is a cure which is liberating and you will find that you plumb the truths of the world more than a literal reading of the Bible.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:15 am |
    • LetsThink123

      Well said

      April 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  9. Chris

    You are wrong that ancient Hebrew authors obsessed with genealogy and family trees couldn't possibly have understood a basic layman's concept of evolution, or a remotely-accurate estimate for the age of the universe despite giving precise numerical estimates for the dimensions of Noah's ark. My daughter could when she was 2 years old, and she was nowhere near as literate as the guys who wrote Genesis.

    Since either God was too incoherent despite being omnipotent/omniscient or the Hebrews too stupid to understand even a rough version like "At the top of the elaborate multi-generational family tree you just reconstructed there are monkeys" the almighty creator of everything apparently had to resort to clever evolution allegories like "Man was created in 1 day fully-formed from dust and isn't related to any other animal. Then I used one of your ribs to make a woman, too, because they didn't actually exist even though I had made female version of all the other animals which you totally aren't related to and then had you name every living thing even though virtually all of them were extinct by the time you came along. Then I took a break on the 7th day because I was tired from directly creating things like the sun and the moon and all of the stars and all the creatures of the earth and the human race in less than a week."

    It's actually you that is imposing an "unreasonable interpretation" on Genesis here. An equally-reasonable interpretation of the proposal that "Thou shalt not commit adultery" is that it actually means "Thou shalt commit adultery as often and with as many funky partners as possible."

    April 10, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  10. Jeff

    You don't "believe" in science. Evidence exists and you can choose to accept it or reject it.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  11. dna

    the least they could do is put a picture of an actualy dna molecule at the top, instead of some made up, non-sensical molecular helix

    April 10, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  12. Lily

    The idea of evolution and religion can't co-exist. The first is based on science, concrete evidence, and endless research, the second is based on believing without evidence. The bible was very specific in explaining genesis and how the world was created in 7 days. How can those hypocrites, who want to force religion on people and fool them into believing that christianity can be progressive and scientific, say re-interpret the obvious? You can't pick and chose when it comes to understanding any religion. You either take it and accept it as a whole package or NOT. But to say this is applicable while that is not according to your own desire, preference, and what suits you is the definition of hypocrisy!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  13. matt

    Who cares about what some mythological character from 2000 believes. Now if he was truly a deity and proved himself a deity to our generation than I might care.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Itsmellslikefish

      errrr..Matt....assuming you mean a mythical indiividual from 2000 years ago, not 2000. Unless you believe God created the world 11 years ago...which you might.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Frespech

      He will but perhaps to late for you.

      April 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  14. Henry

    To be a scientific "Fact" it must be 1) Observable, 2) Demonstraitable, and 3) Repeatable. Evolution is still
    called a theory because it does NOT meet those benchmarks. Amoung evolutionary scientist there still
    remains a lot of conjecture as to what they believe actually transpired.

    If you use the bible to answer the question at topic, Jesus absolutly would not 'believe' in evolution. He believed
    and quoted OT, including Genesis accounts. "Created acording to its kind",
    Read Ge 2:26 ('Our' image), Pr 8:22-31, (master worker), Mark 10:6-9 (God made them),there are many more if
    you want to stick to the bible to answer questions about Jesus.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • travis

      i know the correct thing do to is to tell you how your wrong, but i assume other people can handle that. instead check out Timothy 2:12 "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;Or over her husband she must be quiet." LOL the bible makes me laugh

      April 10, 2011 at 7:10 am |
    • skarut

      Yes there are holes in the theory of evolution, as in Einsteins theory of relativity, holes in quantum mechanics. However, this does not mean that they are wrong, just incomplete (and by incomplete i mean exceptions occurring about 0.0000001% of the time).

      Now for something with holes, the bible is worse than a sieve if you are simply believing it verbatim. It is an allegory at best, and at worst is a tooth fairy story that no one bothered to tell you, as a hopefully rational adult, is a myth.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:37 am |
    • Chris

      Evolution is observable, repeatable, and is demonstrated to be at work in the natural world on a daily basis. Much more importantly, evolutionary theory makes very precise, elaborate predictions about the future that would be statistically impossible if it wasn't correct.

      For example, you can predict thousands of base-pairs in a row in an intron in the human genome by looking at an extron in the gorilla genome. This is because there is a gorilla gene in the human genome at exactly the point in the chromosome where evolutionary says the two genomes split from each other. That wouldn't be there if creationism were correct. And you are more likely to win powerball multiple times in a row than predict a sequence that long by chance.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:45 am |
    • Brad

      @Henry

      Evolution is still called a "theory" because there are no "facts" in science. Gravity is a theory. Evolution ranks right next the gravity in terms of being as close to 100% as possible. To say that evolution is not observable shows that, it would seem, the only reading you do is either the Bible, Bible related material, of stuff put out by the ICR. If you picked up any book on zoology, biology, cosmology, or evoloution, you will see plenty of examples of evolution in action. In the lab it has been observed, in the field it has been observed, in fossils and in DNA–it has been observed.

      Have your "faith" in God. That is what faith is for. We need to have no "faith" in Evolution. When one can observe and test it, no faith is needed.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:46 am |
    • Antoine

      There is no Genesis 2:26. It stops at 2:25. If you're going to quote the Bible, make sure the quote exists. You make the rest of us Christians look foolish when you don't.

      April 10, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  15. Kenrick Benjamin

    To all just read the definition of Create.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  16. Draken

    Interesting how the auther is trying to reconcile his religious delusions with the rational and factual based knowledge of evolution. The problem is that that the mental illness called religion doesn't mix well with rational thought.
    Witness his claims that Christianity supposedly bettered scientific progress "when science began in the 17th century".
    I guess he just ignored the Dark ages and the fact that Chritianity set back scientific progress hundreds of years, with brutal punishment for anyone daring to question the bible.

    Science was seen as a threat by the church, because it questioned basic teachings in the Bible and therefore threatened the power they had over the people and thus their wealth. The top echelon clergymen didn't actually believe in "God", they just used the belief (and fear of health) of the plebs to amass wealth and power.

    April 10, 2011 at 7:03 am |
    • Scott

      And you are just as bad with your assumptions, apparently able to know every motive of every priest back then. All you do is state your 'facts' in a way to support your argument and ignore what the reality was since you have not a single clue. Welcome to being just like the ones you complain about.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • Norma

      Scott, you hit the nail on the head. Unbelief is the biggest sin.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Draken

      Norma: You make the classic mistake of religious people – assuming that lack of belief in religion = "unbelief". Furthermore you talk of something called "sin" which, when it doesn't concern being immoral/amoral or generally causing people hurt, is a human concept originally designed to keep the ignorant masses in line and keeping up the flow of money to the church.

      Scott: You complain I use facts to make my argument. Hilarious. It's quite clear you don't like being told that your precious beliefs are delusions.

      Also you claim I don't know what reality was. To make that assertion you supposedly know what reality is and need to provide us with your account of it.
      Undoubtedly there were priests also suffering from the delusions of religion back then. Notice how I said "top echelon" meaning bishops etc.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • Frespech

      If Christians are wrong what do they sacrifice? If evolutionists are wrong what do they sacrifice?

      April 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • LetsThink123

      @Frespech
      Evolutionists? LOL. Frespech, i bet u go to the doctor when u get the flu. So i should call u a germinist (ie, u agree with the germ theory of disease). Or u wont jump off a tall building because u agree with the theory of gravity. So r u a gravitationalist?
      Do u see my point? Evolution is a scientific fact based on mountains of evidence and evolutionary theory tries to explain the mechanism of evolutionary facts. It is not a cult, so evolutionist doesn't make any sense.

      April 12, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  17. Tom C.

    "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God" God created and the reason Jesus would not have believed in evolution is because Jesus IS God. Furthermore, evolution is THEORY, got it? It's not yet considered law so please stop ramming it down our throats (in high schools, colleges, universites etc) like it it is!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Q

      A scientific theory is the highest status attainable in the physical sciences. A law is limited to very specific circ-umstances. That you don't understand the difference and that you conflate scientific theory with a common "guess" clearly indicates you successfully avoided having any science "rammed down your throat"...

      April 10, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • travis

      really? again with this same argument. its already been explained by multiple commentators that the common use of theory as a guess in everyday language differs from that of scientific language. Take for instance the Germ Theory or the Atom Theory. It is explained with evidence my good sir.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • ljheidel

      Maybe we should just start calling it the "law and immutable truth of evolution" to head these disingenuous semantic arguments off at the pass.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • maine liberal

      LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI said the debate raging in some countries — particularly the United States and his native Germany — between creationism and evolution was an “absurdity,” saying that evolution can coexist with faith.

      “They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other,” the pope said. “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”

      April 10, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Brad

      Just like gravity is a thoery, yet understanding it has allowed us to go to the moon, build bridges and buildings, and many other achievements.

      April 10, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • CarlLambert

      OMG! Are you that ignorant? There is the FACT of evolution which is not under dispute. Evolution is a process by which the population of an organism changes from generation to generation. FACT! You are not a clone of your parents but rather a mix of the traits found within both of them. Therefore, you are evidence of the FACT that evolution is the mechanism of change from one generation to another within the population of humans on this planet. The THEORY of evolution simply represents our best guess as to how the mechanism of evolution works. There are several theories of evolution (one of my favorite is the notion of punctuated equilibrium – go look it up). Among those with any understanding of evolution, the notion of evolution as a FACT is not in doubt. It's only those who are 40 or 50 years behind that still refer to evolution as a theory. Only the mechanisms by which evolution operates are referred to as theories.

      April 10, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  18. jerry

    GEN#1:1 in the beginning GOD created it doesnt say that GOD evolved or that GOD caused things to evolve

    April 10, 2011 at 6:59 am |
    • Mark H

      Hi Jerry, you must consider that Genesis as well as most of the books of the OT & NT were passed on as oral stories for generations before being written down. In fact Genesis is a a collection of stories, some about the very same theme, sandwiched together, which is why at times they lack harmony. Example, there's clearly two "creation" stories and if you insist upon taking it literally... then which one? Example: One story says man and woman were created at the exact same time, the other has man created first, then woman later – two oral accounts, both about the same subject, but they don't agree... we have a contradiction in the very first book of the Bible. But when you realize these are stories told to teach a theological truth, not a scientific truth (what's called a "true" myth), you will realize that we have no idea what God said for these are the stories of a people writing about all the great questions that make man wonder.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:13 am |
    • Itsmellslikefish

      And God commandeth: "Beam down Adam, Eve, the apple tree and snake, Scotty." And Scotty replyith: "Aye, aye, captain...but the poor kids are naked as j-birds!" And God commandeth: "Add a blanket." i

      April 10, 2011 at 7:14 am |
    • maine liberal

      God created does not contradict evolution. There is the moment of creation when the spark ignited proteins in the primal ooze from that point forward its evolution. Do those that believe in creation consider that adam and eve were the first humans and knew how to provide for themselves. they were created as adults, neither would of had a navel.
      this would of also been incest as there is nothing in the bible that indicates other couples being created.

      LORENZAGO DI CADORE, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI said the debate raging in some countries — particularly the United States and his native Germany — between creationism and evolution was an “absurdity,” saying that evolution can coexist with faith.

      “They are presented as alternatives that exclude each other,” the pope said. “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favor of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”

      April 10, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  19. Don

    There is a very important point missing here. While there are some sincere Christians who believe the Genesis story, the leadership of the Christian right is all about money, power, politics and establishing a theocracy in the US. Rational thought plays no part in this. If it served as a good wedge issue, gravity would become controversial.

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

      You mean "intelligent falling"...

      April 10, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  20. ThirstyJon

    This is a disappointing article.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:49 am |
    • Itsmellslikefish

      I agree...the article gives too much credence to the bible...a wonderful guide on how to live life but a child's
      story about how life was created.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:02 am |
    • Buddy

      quick question: since all living organisms are related, and thus share a common ancestor, why do they not all have the vitamin c gene?

      April 10, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Norma

      Indeed, very disappointing......... and what difference does it make? People without faith will not believe the Good Book. God is and was and ever shall be. His ways are higher than our ways. God does not divulge all of His details, He asks for faith. Peeps that want to believe this evolution theory spend agonizing hours trying to figure it out this way and that way and nothing adds up. Would Jesus believe in evolution? Jesus was and is and shall be forever. Too hard for this human mind to figure out. Evolutionists want to get in Gods mind and figure it out. It won't happen. God is too GREAT. They will keep trying to figure it out until the end of time.

      April 10, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • las88

      Norma – I used to be a believer, but just as you think evolutionary facts don't add up – there are many things in the Bible that don't add up either. I used to accept this (as you do now) by saying you must have faith or God has a plan – but now I realize that's just a cop-out and a way to accept those things that don't make sense – unfortunately it's not a real answer. Why did God in all his power make believing so hard – causing billions of people to go to Hell – the worst possible place, which he himself, in all his power, created?

      April 10, 2011 at 7:41 am |
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