Creationism, Evolution, and Orthodoxy

Do you believe that the acount of genesis in the Old testament should be taken literally?

  • Yes

    Votes: 73 16.8%
  • No

    Votes: 163 37.6%
  • both metaphorically and literally

    Votes: 198 45.6%

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As I had said before, I could go either way on the Creation/Evolution issue. Personally I don't care how God did it, but as we know, he created everything. I think both theories could indeed be true as long as they don't exclude God.

If I had to choose, i'd just go for what the Saints say about the issue.
 

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88Devin12 said:
As I had said before, I could go either way on the Creation/Evolution issue. Personally I don't care how God did it, but as we know, he created everything. I think both theories could indeed be true as long as they don't exclude God.
I believe most people here take issue with the fundamentalist type of Creation that is inherent to the Protestant view. Not creation itself. All Christians have to believe that God created everything to remain a Christian. It's in our Dogma. However, How he did created is surely a mystery and If science can give us clues to the mystery, than that is fine. It's when science or scientists start to form a Godless religion that leaves a Creator out of the picture. Than as a Christian one should definitely voice there opinion.
 

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Demetrios G. said:
I believe most people here take issue with the fundamentalist type of Creation that is inherent to the Protestant view. Not creation itself. All Christians have to believe that God created everything to remain a Christian. It's in our Dogma. However, How he did created is surely a mystery and If science can give us clues to the mystery, than that is fine.
I believe you are absolutely correct up to this point.

It's when science or scientists start to form a Godless religion that leaves a Creator out of the picture. Than as a Christian one should definitely voice there opinion.
You may have science confused with Scientology. Science is not nor can it ever be a godless religion, or even a monotheistic or polytheistic one.

Yet again, science not only does leave a Creator out of the picture, it must do so. It is not within the realm of science to study the supernatural. A ruler cannot measure one's weight.
 

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ytterbiumanalyst said:
You may have science confused with Scientology. Science is not nor can it ever be a godless religion, or even a monotheistic or polytheistic one.

Yet again, science not only does leave a Creator out of the picture, it must do so. It is not within the realm of science to study the supernatural. A ruler cannot measure one's weight.
Religion makes assumptions into the realm of science and nature the moment it states that man is a creation. Religion is dealing with the material world at that point and not the supernatural. Religion than has stepped over the line that you stated. Science therefore does the same thing when it makes assumptions about how human life enters the picture at the point of genesis. Science doesn't believe in the supernatural as you suggest because it is unscientific, Therefore limiting it's assumptions to what science does know. The material world. It looks for answers based on what it does know and won't stop until it can completely explain how life began without a supernatural creator. Since science hasn't yet found out how genesis has accrued, it forms a religion because it points to a direction that has not yet bin proven. It becomes a religion or belief system the moment it ventures into the unknown. Lets face it. The moment science can explain life to it's fullest. Christianity will not exist. Christians are fearful of an outcome without a god while Science is fearful that a god does exist and is trying to disprove a creator. 
 

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jnorm888 said:
But if you don't have the whole skeleton then you will always have "imagination" involved.
"Imagination"?  This makes it sound as though Paleontologists and Paleobiologists just make things up when they don't complete specimens.  :-\  How much do you know about how serious paleontologists like Jack Horner, who teaches at Montana State in Bozeman, is curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies and is one of the leading lights in the field, find, study and work with fossils?
http://mtprof.msun.edu/Spr2004/horner.html 

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Demetrios G. said:
Christians are fearful of an outcome without a god while Science is fearful that a god does exist and is trying to disprove a creator. 
::)

Not all I think.  Just for another data point, there is the Revd. Dr. John Polkinghorne who is an Anglican priest and a scientist being a particle physicist.
http://www.polkinghorne.net/

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Ebor said:
::)

Not all I think.  Just for another data point, there is the Revd. Dr. John Polkinghorne who is an Anglican priest and a scientist being a particle physicist.
http://www.polkinghorne.net/

Ebor
The answer came to me yesterday in the form of an unlikely creature. I was standing by the ocean and a medium size horseshoe crab exited the water near my feet. I thought to myself that if a creature that out dates the dinosaurs by 100 million years was left behind by natural selection. What are we to say about this theory? ;)

http://www.horseshoecrab.org/evo/evo.html 
 

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Demetrios G. said:
The answer came to me yesterday in the form of an unlikely creature. I was standing by the ocean and a medium size horseshoe crab exited the water near my feet. I thought to myself that if a creature that out dates the dinosaurs by 100 million years was left behind by natural selection. What are we to say about this theory? ;)

http://www.horseshoecrab.org/evo/evo.html 
Sorry, I don't quite follow your line of thought. 

Was it 'left behind' or is the Horseshoe Crab perfect in its niche and God wanted them to continue?  Some things don't need improvement or change; they're just fine as they are. 

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Ebor said:
Sorry, I don't quite follow your line of thought. 

Was it 'left behind' or is the Horseshoe Crab perfect in its niche and God wanted them to continue?  Some things don't need improvement or change; they're just fine as they are. 

Ebor
This creature hasn't evolved under the Natural selection process. Doesn't that speak volumes?
Natural selection is the process by which favorable heritable traits become more common in successive generations of a population of reproducing organisms, and unfavorable heritable traits become less common. Natural selection acts on the phenotype, or the observable characteristics of an organism, such that individuals with favorable phenotypes are more likely to survive and reproduce than those with less favorable phenotypes. The phenotype's genetic basis, genotype associated with the favorable phenotype, will increase in frequency over the following generations. Over time, this process can result in adaptations that specialize organisms for particular ecological niches and may eventually result in the emergence of new species. In other words, natural selection is the mechanism by which evolution may take place in a population of a specific organism.
 

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Demetrios G. said:
Lets face it. The moment science can explain life to it's fullest. Christianity will not exist. Christians are fearful of an outcome without a god while Science is fearful that a god does exist and is trying to disprove a creator. 
Wow. If your religion is so fragile that it can be rendered irrelevant by a scientific theory, then I don't want your religion, thank you.

Science isn't out to prove anything; science exists to discover why things are the way they are. Beginning from the assumption you're trying to prove is circular reasoning, not science.
 

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ytterbiumanalyst said:
{...}science exists to discover why things are the way they are.
Not to nitpick, but I've thought of it more as science discovers how things are, not so much why.  I'd say the church is more interested in the why.
 

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Demetrios G. said:
This creature hasn't evolved under the Natural selection process. Doesn't that speak volumes?
You've provided a pretty good definition of the Law of Natural Selection, but on what basis do you conclude that natural selection has not taken place? How many observations and experiments have you made with the horseshoe crab? Have you studied different populations in different waters and compared their organs to see how each has or has not specialised to its environment? Try a few of those before you dismiss a scientific law so easily.

If you can prove that natural selection does not occur as we think it does, I think you've got a Nobel Prize on your hands. If not, then the Law of Natural Selection is correct. Science isn't afraid of being wrong; in fact, we learn more when we're wrong than when we're right. Personally, if I had to make a choice, I'd much rather go with the group that doesn't claim to know everything. But, like I said, I don't have to choose between science and religion. My religion does not give an opinion on scientific theories; we are free to observe the world and hypothesize as to how it all works together without fear of Purgatory.
 

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Just to offer another unsolicited two cents, who's to say that every creature evolves at the same pace as every other creature?  If an animal has evolved enough that it can sufficiently find food, shelter, and a mate then why should it need to evolve any further?  In the instance of the horseshoe crab would it be fair to say that it's reached a comfort zone?  I wouldn't say that the horseshoe crab is the pinnacle of evolution but if it's not being challenged I wouldn't see a reason for it to further evolve. 
 

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EofK said:
Not to nitpick, but I've thought of it more as science discovers how things are, not so much why.  I'd say the church is more interested in the why.
I can see your point, but by why I don't mean "the reason for their existence." I mean rather "the reason this system and that one work together." For example, science discovers how and why the circulatory system of the human body provides oxygen to the muscles. How it does this is by loading red blood cells with oxygen and squeezing them through capillaries. Why it does this is so that far-flung cells continue to function properly.

However, there is another aspect, to which I believe you're alluding: the question of the existence. "Why do I have a heart?" can be answered in a merely physical, scientific way, as above, or it can be answered in a metaphysical way. The metaphysical is indeed the realm of literature, religion, and philosophy.
 

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EofK said:
Just to offer another unsolicited two cents, who's to say that every creature evolves at the same pace as every other creature?
Charles Darwin. Every population evolves every generation; now a generation can indeed be a few hours or a few decades, depending on the creature.

If an animal has evolved enough that it can sufficiently find food, shelter, and a mate then why should it need to evolve any further?  In the instance of the horseshoe crab would it be fair to say that it's reached a comfort zone?  I wouldn't say that the horseshoe crab is the pinnacle of evolution but if it's not being challenged I wouldn't see a reason for it to further evolve. 
Of course the modern horseshoe crab is the pinnacle of its evolution. This generation of horseshoe crabs is better suited to its parents' environment than its parents were, and the next generation will be even better suited to the conditions this generation has experienced. That's the way natural selection works.

So, yes, you are absolutely correct in that a creature who can find food, shelter, and a mate in its environment is suited to its environment, and it will live. A creature who cannot will not live or pass on its genes. This is the process of natural selection; creatures are selected based on their ability to survive and reproduce. If the horseshoe crab can do so easily, those genes will be passed on; if the next generation can also do these things easily, their genes will be passed on. All three generations, then, will likely look very similar, because in this case speciation was not necessary for survival. Lack of speciation, however, is not equivalent to lack of natural selection.
 

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ytterbiumanalyst said:
I can see your point, but by why I don't mean "the reason for their existence." I mean rather "the reason this system and that one work together." For example, science discovers how and why the circulatory system of the human body provides oxygen to the muscles. How it does this is by loading red blood cells with oxygen and squeezing them through capillaries. Why it does this is so that far-flung cells continue to function properly.

However, there is another aspect, to which I believe you're alluding: the question of the existence. "Why do I have a heart?" can be answered in a merely physical, scientific way, as above, or it can be answered in a metaphysical way. The metaphysical is indeed the realm of literature, religion, and philosophy.
Are you saying we have a choice?
 

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Demetrios G. said:
Are you saying we have a choice?
As to whether we have a heart? Metaphysically, yes, it's entirely possible to be a heartless person. Scientifically, perhaps; depends on whether than artificial heart works out as promised. See here: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4444.
 

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Demetrios G. said:
This creature hasn't evolved under the Natural selection process. Doesn't that speak volumes?
How do you personally know that it hasn't 'evolved under the Natural selection process"? Are you trained in Marine Biology?  On what basis do you make that statement please?  The site you linked to says in part:

"The evolution of the horseshoe crab extends back far before the dawn of human civilization, before the dinosaurs, before flowering plants... back to the era in our planet's history when visible life first appeared."

So I do not understand where you get the idea that the Horseshoe Crab is 'exempt' and thus a proof against Evolution.

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ytterbiumanalyst said:
As to whether we have a heart? Metaphysically, yes, it's entirely possible to be a heartless person. Scientifically, perhaps; depends on whether than artificial heart works out as promised. See here: http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4444.
Nice detour . ;)
 
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