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On The Origin Of Species

Nobody has to tell me that I said I was going on a week long vacation.  But there are some extenuating circumstances why I’m writing an article today.  And as soon as I’m done I’m going back to doing nothing.  I promise.  Timing is everything and I would be totally remiss if I didn’t have something to say on today the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the publishing of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, the book many claim as the foundation for the theory of evolution.  I heard this as I was climbing stairs at the gym this morning.  I was listening to National Public Radio like I always do when I try to give this old body something that reasonably resembles a work out.

As I continued to climb the stairs, the radio program went on to give a brief synopsis on the controversy surrounding Mr. Darwin and his theory on evolution that flies in the face of many people who want to cling to their religious belief systems without any distraction.  The idea of species evolving over the eons of Earth’s existence flies in the face of what we learned in church.  God made heaven and Earth and everything in between in seven days and nobody can say otherwise.  Time started precisely on a second after midnight on the first Monday to be and come that following Saturday six days later everything was done.

For many people, the reality is that everything that exists was made in seven days.  There is not enough corroborating science to serve as the basis for the theory of evolution and therefore it should not be taught as fact in our schools.  By many people’s accounting, Creationism, the religious belief that the universe was created by a Supreme Being, is just as relevant as a scientific theory.  But if the claim from these people is that there is no evidence to support the theory of evolution, if all the archeological findings of species in various stages of development does nothing to support evolution, what evidence do we have that creationism or intelligent design, is something that deserves to be taught as science?

If past experience with these types of people is any indication, their only claim to proof is what is written in a Christian bible.  They’ll point to the first chapter in the book of Genesis, point to the verse that said the Supreme Being created the heaven and the earth, and say that’s all the proof they need.  And if such “fact” is enough to prove the legitimacy of the theory of creationism, couldn’t somebody do the same with Mr. Darwin’s book, turn to the page that says evolution is legit, and that’s all the proof you need?

And without batting an eye the creationist would say that any comparison between the Christian bible and Mr. Darwin’s work of fiction is blasphemy.  God wrote the Christian bible.  And when the Christian is asked for proof that god wrote the Christian bible, the good Christian will turn to some other page in their bible and find all the proof that they need.  It’s easy to accept the word of the bible as proof when one is conditioned to believe that the mere fact that the bible exists is proof of god’s existence.

Mr. Darwin doesn’t enjoy such benefit of doubt.  In fact, it doesn’t matter how many archeological digs turn up bones of various species in the various stages of development along the Earth’s timeline.  It doesn’t matter how much science is developed to measure the age of fossilized bones or other ancient artifacts.  To the person who is dead set against believing in evolution, it wouldn’t matter if somebody invented a time machine, went back to the past and showed the progression of the species.  The automatic response from the staunch denier would be to throw their nose up in the air and call the whole affair smoke and mirrors.  There will always be a convenient excuse why evolution is not legitimate.

A hundred years since the publishing of the book that remains the most prime example of the struggle between science and religion.  The evolution of species through time is a scientific theory that is widely accepted as fact through the more reasonable side of the scientific community.  The other side will hold fast to its belief system based on the delusion that the bible is a book of facts that can be taken to the bank.  But the truth is that the Christian bible is just a book like any other.  And if people are willing to accept what is written there as proof that it is true, then that is truly the flimsiest of evidence ever used to prove a point.  The naysayer cannot point to Darwin and say that there is no proof there while at the same time touting their belief in creationism as founded in science.

Monday, November 23, 2009 - Posted by | Creationism, Life, Thoughts


  1. (In a crazy voice) You’ll be back, you always come back……AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! LOL

    But in all seriousness, enjoy your vacation BrotherP.

    Comment by Dark Frosty | Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | Reply

  2. I know you said noone HAS to tell you about your vacation, or lack of adherence to, but….LOL

    As for the Bible vs Darwin, I look at it this way. The supreme Creator did his deal, his timeline versus ours is totally uncomparable…that being said, I believe he allowed for evolution to occur. I don’t think it occurred quite as Darwin puts it, but evolution on many levels has occured. I think, once you remove the zealots from both sides of the issue, that these sides are inextricably linked.

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

    I’m technically still on vacation so I won’t leave a comment. But if I were to leave a comment, I’d say something like the two really do go hand in hand. The Supreme Being laid out the foundation of how things work and how they interact. Consider the world one of his lab experiments where he lays down a culture of amino acids and stands back to see how it develops. That’s what I would say if I was to leave a comment.

    On a side note: I saw you leave a message on my Yahoo! Messenger. Sorry I couldn’t reply at the time (bosses hate it when you IM at work). We’ll have to do a chat sometime. We can compare egos!


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Reply

  4. Well, if you weren’t on vacation and not commenting right now, I’d say that we wil ahve to chat, but I warn ego is a longtime consumer of performance enhancing drugs, and would beat up your ego…if not, he’ll get his dad and then its on!

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Thursday, November 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. Are you Mike Lovell from Rhodes University, South Africa

    Comment by Rowena Penberthy | Monday, July 19, 2010 | Reply

    • I doubt it. As far as I know this is the Mike Lovell from Montana…


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Monday, July 19, 2010 | Reply

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