The more deluded and strict fundamentalists see it as a threat to their religion. They think it's some kind of devilish ploy to undermine their faith and turn more people away from christianity. Notice how they don't have any issues with any other scientific theory except for the one that contradicts their bible?
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It is because many Atheists claim evolution is proof that Atheism is more scientific than Theism when both are relatively unrelated to science. Also, many evolutionists claim that Christians are incapable of producing anything scientific, so it is more of a claim of hippocracy than anything else.
I'm under the impression that most of those who debate the validity of evolution, do not understand it. When I was a Christian, I had almost no clue what evolution was, and did not understand it. To me it was an evil thing that, should I learn about it, would lead me astray. Of course, evolution is based on scientific theory that organisms adapt to their environment over a long (and sometimes short) period of time. This is why educating young people about biology and the Earth's origins is so important in school.
I think most Christians accept evolution as a scientific fact. But, having accepted it, they feel no need to debate it. They are fully able to believe in their god and his son even if science discovers things NOT mentioned or foretold in the Bible. But since they are quiet, they seem outnumbered by the ones who are offended by the very idea that things NOT mentioned or foretold in the Bible might still be true.
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They do this because they want to support their religion, and evolution is against their religion. For example you would want to support your opinion in argument, almost the same thing here. Also some just like to debate!
Because they believe that if we actually evolved from chimps, that god didn't create us. It totally contradicts genesis to many people. Some just can't wrap their minds around the possibility of both occurrences. People were executed for heresy during the Inquisition for saying the earth revolved around the sun.
Often because it is contrary to their creation story. Evolution suggests that people evolved from primates, and along an incredibly long path of biological evolution, which then resulted in humanity as we see it today. Conversely, the creation story suggests their god made us in his image, and we have always looked and behaved like we do now. The ideas are diametrically opposed, and people argue them a lot. Some Christians debate evolution because they think it is a lie made by the devil, or some form of political maneuver or money making scheme.
Fear is the overwhelming factor.. If some key tenant of their faith is shown to be false, perhaps the whole belief system is false. The same is true of the other "big ideas" of Christian faith.. No such thing as climate change (god said he wouldn't do it again) Women must be subservient to men (the whole 12th century thing) and many others. Of course, they are willing to skip the parts of the bible and faith they don't like. So there is nothing logical or consistent in this, and if they can attack science overall, perhaps no one can prove their belief system wrong.
I agree with evolution as far as to say species adapt in minor ways over time. I disagree that all species have a common ancestor. I disagree that the origin of all life is a primordial ooze billions of years ago.
Only undeducated Christians who still abide by medieval teachings fight evolution. I for one accept evolution, and I'm Christian. I think that the Bible has been misinterpereted in the past due to corrupt priests and some Christians tend to believe the misinterpretations; like catastrophism is the only way earth changes. Evolution should be universally accepted. I personally believe that God created evolution.
Aside from the need of those that worship the bible, like it's a god itself, and therefore must adhere to its every literal word. The other issue is that knowledge has been removing the need for a god to explain our existence and the universe around us. There was a time when the "heavens" above were all the evidence needed to show the existence of a god, now we have telescopes and have set foot on the moon. I believe the most broad reaching cause however is our egocentric nature, the idea that I'm special, we have to set ourselves above and apart from other animals. "We've achieved so much. We're so intelligent. We can't just be a smarter version of an ape, we must be of divine origins".
bc the Bible teaches Theistic Creation, not slow, staggered, unprovable growth from a puddle of primordial ooze. It is about faith, whether you believe in evolution or creation, you have to have faith in it. I don't feel the need to defend my faith to people who don't believe the same as I do, but I do find it offensive that people equate being a Christian with being ignorant and uneducated.
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What you see and hear are the loud, outspoken ones. They are the Tea Party of the Christian faith - some agree with them, others feel ashamed that they are representing our faith so poorly. In general, though, they are the minority.
I think some Christians view it as foundational to their belief system. I don't, and think it's important to agree about some things, but that it's okay for Christians to disagree about others. It's important to agree about the Resurrection, for instance, but it's okay to use different formats for baptism or be baptized at different ages. I think it's important for Christians that we were created in God's image (as spiritual beings), but evolution is something documented scientifically. We don't have all the answers yet and new discoveries make us re-evaluate current knowledge. I don't really care exactly the path my ancestral DNA took before I came into the world; what matters to me more is that I live a life where I seek to follow God's leading and as the Bible instructs.
pt. 1 Well, I believe its because there's no mention of evolution in the bible. So despite there being plenty of evidence to show evolution is a fact and no evidence that anything in the bible is realistic, let alone true, they will fight the logic. I believe the reason for this is, that if they had to admit that evolution existed, they'd have to admit that not only the part in the bible about Adam and Eve is not correct, they'd have to question the whole book and their entire basis for belief. It's also a fact that the world is billions of years old, not just a couple of thousand. They fight against that as well for the same reason. It's conscious ignorance. They do it because they want to believe in this already created belief system that appears to have all the answers already for them rather than have to start over and come up with their own views, understanding and morals on life I think. I mean, look at it from where they're standing. Most of them have been told and have believed for most of or their entire lives that the bible is historical fact (regardless of how fantastical it is and how much of it is impossible or at the very least extremely unlikely.)
I don't believe in evolution but I see what your asking probly because it's nothing God related, Christianity related, Religion related etc. Probly because it's science related and they don't like it because it's nothing you know a religious topic.
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There are many spot-on answers here, and so I don't think I can add much to the question. I will say, though, that Christian fundamentalists feel their religion is being attacked by evolution, and so many of them have adopted the same forms of rebuttal that I'm sure you've come to know, Reesinator -- "were you there," "why are there still monkeys," "there aren't enough fossils," and my personal favorite, "why aren't apes evolving now?" I find it amusing that these rebuttals are even deserving of debates... you can see right through a fundamentalist's misconception when they bring up such questions.
It's been my personal opinion that those who refuse to accept evolution do so deliberately, refusing to look at the evidence even when evidence is presented to them. Apparently they see it as a war of "religion vs science," where it is they who labeled it as such, not the scientists.
I don't know. I only can think that it's a part of the secular humanist agenda, and the battle has been engaged with atheistic secular humanism. Not all Christians reject evolution. Debate seems to be most vigorous with the intelligent design crowd. If one defines it as biological change over time, which is the loosest definition, you may find agreement even with intelligent design or theological conservatives. The issue is one of denying a place for God in the process; the Bible clearly states He is involved, and atheists clearly deny His involvement. But if you narrow the debate to allow for the inclusion of God as a possible actor, the debate narrows considerably.
Well some Christians don't believe in evolution. Like me. But I will not debate that. They just want to prove a point I guess. And it gets them started. It sparks something up in me and that's why I think we do.
Why? Because many of them were taught, believe and teach that god spoke the word and things began to appear out of nothing. But that is an error. If you look at the seven days of creation you will find where god both created and made things after their kind. How could he have created or made things if nothing like them existed at the moment. It even goes as far to say that god saw that it was good. God even said let us make man in our own image, after our likeness. I am a Christian. I cannot say I believe in the theory of evolution because I believe in what I call the evolved theory. Meaning when god saw that it was good and it was good and for better or worse it will never change.
Fortunately in the real world it isn't that many. Evolution denial is pretty rare among theists in the developed world.
Fundamentalist Christians seem to be under the mistaken impression that evolution or science somehow state a god doesn't exist, or that it is an "excuse to deny god". But science is completely neutral on the subject of gods. Evolution is only incompatible with a 100% literalist reading of the bible, but then so is everything from the heliocentric model of the solar system to germ theory.
The majority of Christians accept established science just fine, from evolution to the Big Bang, and believe their bible is not meant to be a science text but a spiritual guide.
You asked for it sir. I do believe in stating the truth because god is the creator.
The first law of thermodynamics tells us that energy, and matter, can neither be created nor destroyed by natural causes. For evolutionist, its a dilemma. If only natural causes were involved, such as the spontaneous combustion, how did nothing turn into something? Next, how did it become something animated- how does life evolve from one-celled organism to plant, to animal? Then, how does that animated life form become more personal? And finally, how did that living, personal something develop intelligence, morality, personality, and spirituality? By chance? Yeah right. Its absolutely scientifically, intellectually, and logically impossible. So we as Christian's have enough faith in god, and evidence from his holy spirit, that the book of Genesis is indeed true to us who believe. And science is left empty handed, because they have no explanation besides what they believe was a spontaneous combustion. I'd rather put my faith in god, than an impure human.
Scientific Proof of the Bible! You can google it!!! However, they is ZERO prof of evaluation. It's a theory and one that doesn't make sense! Have you ever seen a pig grow wings and fly? No because that would be a form of evaluation and making another creature altogether! Gods words are unchanging! He's the same God today as he was in the bible. He isn't like the kids at the playground and change the rules in the middle of the game! We argue our point why? Because, we are right and science is truly on our side!!!!
Because we want people to know that evolution cannot be true if I were to be true it would still be happening today show me what animal what species of anything living is in the transformation of change like a fish growing wings or bird growing hair people still evolving animals still evolving there is nothing living now that is not in the fossil that has changed God said in the beginning he created the heavens and the earth period. He didn't say when millions of years ago God created the heavens and the earth and put animals such as dinosaurs in it the earth changed to this earth age same earth different age dinosaurs and those types of reptiles are from the first Earth age Satan try to overthrow card strong