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I've heard that the 'creative design' bigots are now targetting all UK secondary (ie high) schools!
For those who are unaware of it, the state of Kansas in the USA has been arguing for several years about removing the theory of evolution from school textbooks, or "balancing" it with discussion of Creation theory. At this time, the school board is made up of more moderate persons who desire that evolution be taught. It is not a joke that after 150 years, some elements of the Christian religion are still resisting the concept of evolution, as they fear that it may deligitimize their beliefs in the eyes of some. Yet the current Pope is not among them- Benedict strongly states that evolution is a fact not a theory.chris wiegard
Yes but I believe that all the creatures were made out of the crumbs from a giant baguette eaten by the giant spagetti monster. I demand that your creation theory should be balanced with mine. Seeing as there is no evidence either way scientifically there is nothing to choose between them in a science lesson.
Slightly more seriously, why the christian creation myth? What about the various native american ones, buddist, shinto, aboriginal Australian....
Of all the holy books, the Bible is the one with the most creation accounts, has the most realistic view of the current theory of the creation of the universe, the Big Bang. It also has the most predictions to of come true up to date and is the most accurate religous book to date. The liklyhood of all of these predictions that the Bible makes are true is 1080 to one. This means that the Bible is more reliable than the second law of thermodynamics!
As for the veracity of the accounts - the bible suggests the Earth predated the Sun - clearly a major contradiction to modern cosmological theories (although it is a perfectly natural assumption to make if you start from a geocentric view of the universe - which is very different from the viewpoint modern cosmologists take).
The Bible never actually says that the Earth came before the Sun did. It only says when came light. This can be told as extremely dense clouds covered the earth before they parted and let the light in. It is entirely possible that when the planet formed, there was a dense cloud of gases or soot. My creationist view shows that the Bible does not, in fact, contradict any EVIDENCE that mankind has gathered so far.
Chapter 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, and darkness was over the deep, and God's spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.4 And God saw that light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.5 And God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And evening was and morning was: the first day.
6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters separating the waters from the waters."7 And so God made the expanse, and he separated the waters beneath the expanse from the waters above the expanse. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "heaven." And evening was and morning was: the second day.
9 And God said, "Let the waters beneath heaven be gathered into one place, and let dry ground appear." And so it was.10 And God called the dry ground "land" 1 and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants, and fruit trees bearing fruit with their proper seed inside, on the land." And so it was. 12 And the land produced vegetation: plants bearing the seed of their kind, and trees bearing fruit with their proper seed inside. And God saw that it was good. 13 And evening was and morning was: the third day.14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heaven to separate the day from the night, and let them be as signs for the seasons and the days and the years.15 And let there be lights in the expanse of heaven to give light to the earth." And so it was. 16 And God made the two great lights: the great light for governing the day, the lesser light for governing the night; [God made] the stars also.
17 And God set them in the expanse of the heaven to give light to the earth, 18 and to govern the day and the night and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And evening was and morning was: the fourth day.20 And God said, "Let the waters teem with the breath of living creatures, and let birds fly above the land across the face of the expanse of heaven." And so it was. 21 And so God created the great sea-creatures and every breath of living, moving creature with which the waters teem, according to their proper kind, and every winged bird, according to their proper kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and increase, and fill the waters in the seas; and the birds let increase upon the earth." 23 And evening was and morning was: the fifth day.
24 And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their proper kind: cattle, creatures that crawl on the ground, and wild animals, according to their proper kind." And so it was.25 And God made the wild animals according the their proper kinds, and the cattle according to its proper kind, and every creature that crawls on the ground according to their proper kind. And God saw that it was good.26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness, and let them reign over the fish of the sea, and the birds of air, and the cattle, and all the land, 2 and all the creatures that crawl upon the earth."
27 So God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him,male and female he created them.28 And God blessed them, and he said to them, "Be fruitful, and increase, and fill the earth and conquer it. And reign over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the earth." 29 Then God said, "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the earth, and every tree that has fruit with seed inside it; for you they will be food. 30 And to every animal of the land and every bird of the air and every creature which crawls on the ground, every thing with the breath of life, [I give] every green plant for food." And so it was.31 And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Evening was and morning was: the sixth day.
I admit that Evolution on a small scale does exist, but it has never been recorded in Large scales. Of all the Mutations in any genome, even is bacteria, none of them have been beneficial, but, in fact, have been often harmful. What is really happening today with what some people call evolution, is the genome being changed slightly because of the changes in the environment. It has been proven that polar bears got their white coats because they survived better in the arctic climate that they moved into. Do you have an example of a major change in any genome?