Polonius

To thine own self be true

Evolution – an analogy

Posted by Polonius on 1 January, 2007

I’ve been reading ScienceBlogs lately, and I continue to be struck by the differences in culture between the US and Britain. Here in Britain religion, particularly Christianity, is deeply entrenched in schools and the system of government, yet the creationist fringe is almost unheard of. Creationism puts the Alpha and Omega in cretinism.

Thinking about creationism, I was struck by the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle. In the fossil record, we have found a few pieces of the puzzle, and even fewer of them actually fit together, but they are all clearly pieces of the same puzzle. Creationists would have us believe that each piece was painted as an isolated work of art, that the pieces appear to be part of the same scene because a perverse creator wanted to taunt us with the idea that they might fit together, that they are oddly shaped for the same reason, and that some of them actually do fit together purely by coincidence. Why do they have such a low opinion of the creator?

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2 Responses to “Evolution – an analogy”

  1. timbob said

    Greetings. Interesting observations as to the approach of creation. On this side of the pond, the debate over intelligent design, creation, and evolution being taught as though it is fact, makes for a volitle mixture. Without a doubt, Gods ways are past finding out. Scripturally, the earth was not only created prior to the sun being formed, but the vegitation was here also before the sun came to be. As a result, men are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” They hold up the “big bang theory but have yet to explain how something can come from nothing. We have a universe full of the unexplainable as hundreds of billions of galaxies fill the heavens. For me, such things don’t disprove the existance of God; they declare openly that “HE IS!” As long as time remains, the debatings will go on, but in the end, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is the Lord. Thanks for your observations

  2. woodpigeon said

    Actually, people have been finding out about “God’s” ways for the last 400 years and discovering that there are perfectly coherent natural explanations. They thought that the chemistry of life-forms was magical. It wasn’t: mainly it was carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They thought that the Moon was suspended above the Earth by “God”. It wasn’t. It was just gravity doing its work. They thought that life-forms were designed by magic. They were not – it was just evolution. They thought illnesses such as the Plague and TB were punishments from God. They were not – just small microbes doing what small microbes do when they get half a chance. Every time scientists have looked at the deep mysteries they have found natural processes at work.

    Scientists look at things and ask questions. And when they discover something they ask more questions. And when they discover more, more questions need to be asked.

    Religious people think have the answer and then go looking for things that seem to conform with the answer. What an utterly gloomy and ignorant way of looking at the universe.

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