Creationism Vs. Evolution in Today’s Society
The dispute between creationism and evolution is a long debated controversy. It is an argument most people choose to avoid. This debate is extremely controversial due to personal belief, most in part due to secularism and religion. Even with the exponentially increasing knowledge of today, it has remained a long fought controversy throughout the twenty-first century. Science deals with the mind, and is the backbone of modern civilization. Religion deals with emotions, and often teaches people invaluable ethical principles. Both Science and Religion are vital in our culture in order for humanity to progress. In order for society to progress, ...view middle of the document...
This continues on until you reach the apex of natural selection, which is the human being.
Some of the more significant evidence for The Theory of Evolution comes from research conducted on the Galapagos Islands. It is here that Darwin first made the observations that contributed to The Theory of Evolution. He noticed the significant differences in the beaks of birds native to the islands. “These finches probably descended from one type of ancestor and then, due to isolation and through chance, different climates and natural forces such as food availability and type, they evolved into thirteen different types of finches” (Binde, 1995). This would suggest that genetic mutations occurred in the birds to better ensure their survival in the surrounding environment. This is still considered a huge milestone is the evolution movement.
Although science has increased the rate of human advancement, some Darwinists have done significant damage to civilization with the goal of creating the “perfect race” through artificial selection. Artificial selection involves human interaction, but the genetic process is not significantly different from natural selection. An example of this would be Adolf Hitler and the attempted genocide of the Jews from 1942 to 1945 to rid the country of flawed genes. Jerry Bergman, in his article stated, “This required at the very least preventing the ‘inferior races’ from mixing with those judged superior, in order to reduce contamination of the latter’s gene pool. The ‘superior race’ belief was based on the theory of group inequality within each species, a major presumption and requirement of Darwin’s original ‘survival of the fittest’ theory” (Bergman, 1999). This is an extremist and isolated event, and in no way should shun Darwinian theories to be presented in our culture.
Throughout history, religion has made vast contributions to the morality of society. Creationists believe that without a guidebook such as the Bible to promote ethics and morality, people would act as if there were no significant consequences for their actions. Studies have been done which support the idea that religious people are often happier (Golland, 2010). Additionally, there is a growing movement promoting the teaching of "intelligent design" which asserts that the only reasonable explanation for the complexity of the world and of the human mind is the existence of a higher power. Another strong argument in the favor of Creationism is the possibility of a living organism forming from non-living things. This transition is very complex and has not been solved in the scientific community.
Religion, however, has been shown to cause significant damage to the brain. “In March of 2012, Amy Owen and her colleagues at Duke University conducted a scientific study on the effects of religion to the brain. They...