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"Science and religion are incompatible because of the Theory of Evolution." Do you...

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Posted February 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM via web

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"Science and religion are incompatible because of the Theory of Evolution." Do you agree?

give reasons for your answer showing you have thought about more than one point of view pls

thank you. pls include your own opinion at the end

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 4, 2013 at 5:51 PM (Answer #1)

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For me personally, science and religion are not incompatible but go hand in hand. I believe in both creationism and evolution, a concept called "intelligent design." People who believe solely in creationism consider the very idea of evolution to be heretical because to them it takes God out of the process altogether. If God created all things, then how is it possible that one animal could over time become something totally different? For me, however, it is possible to see God at work in evolution, molding and shaping creatures to fit God's plan. And I don't believe God is finished. Who knows what the earth and the beings that live on it will look like a million years from now?!

You might want to take a look at the article I've posted in the Sources section.

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apmchugh | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM (Answer #2)

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It is perfectly logically acceptable to embrace both religion and scientific theories such as evolution.

Of course there will be some religious groups that adhere strictly to the scriptural version of events leading to the creation/development of human beings.

Similarly there will be some evolutionary scientists who would shudder at the thought of embracing "beliefs" alongside "scientific truths".

Not only that, but one could examine the deist belief, that God created the world, then stepped back (metaphorically!) to let it run itself without any further intervention.

Each of these approaches encounters both philosophical and scientific difficulties. There include: standard of proof, reliability of scripture, levels of interpretation, implications for free will, implications for belief in the God of classical theism.

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