1. Standard memberFetchmyjunk
    Garbage disposal
    Garbage dump
    Joined
    20 Apr '16
    Moves
    2040
    01 May '16 08:40
    In your opinion are creation and evolution mutually exclusive?
  2. Standard memberKellyJay
    Walk your Faith
    USA
    Joined
    24 May '04
    Moves
    148460
    01 May '16 08:481 edit
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    In your opinion are creation and evolution mutually exclusive?
    Yes depending on how you view both of them. For life to start from non-life and change
    over time goes against creation.
  3. SubscriberFMF
    Main Poster
    This Thread
    Joined
    28 Oct '05
    Moves
    29835
    01 May '16 08:54
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    Yes depending on how you view both of them. For life to start from non-life and change over time goes against creation.
    After all this time discussing this topic on this forum you still view the theory of evolution as being about "life starting from non-life"?
  4. Standard memberFetchmyjunk
    Garbage disposal
    Garbage dump
    Joined
    20 Apr '16
    Moves
    2040
    01 May '16 09:01
    Originally posted by FMF
    After all this time discussing this topic on this forum you still view the theory of evolution as being about "life starting from non-life"?
    Well technically the evolution of living things would need a starting point and if you are an atheist that starting point would have to be abiogenesis.
  5. SubscriberFMF
    Main Poster
    This Thread
    Joined
    28 Oct '05
    Moves
    29835
    01 May '16 09:07
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    Well technically the evolution of living things would need a starting point and if you are an atheist that starting point would have to be abiogenesis.
    Well, abiogenesis and the theory of evolution are not one in the same thing. If you believe that they are, then you should perhaps edit your OP. There is still time.
  6. Joined
    16 Feb '08
    Moves
    86387
    01 May '16 09:202 edits
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    In your opinion are creation and evolution mutually exclusive?
    It depends on how an individual interprets Biblical scripture and on how strident that individual is about their view of the theme in question.

    Moses, in Genesis, writes that "man was created in the image of God". Then Moses also goes on to say "male and female he created them" indicating that God is neither male nor female, and yet Colossians tells that Jesus is the "exact fleshly representation of his (God's) being. So which is it? God is not flesh he (sic) is spirit, so how can a fleshly creation be "in his own image"? So there is some apparent ambiguity in the Bible. For whatever reason.

    However, the account in Genesis is much wider than just man and woman. God brought all the beasts before Adam and told him to name them, let's ignore why he did this and think about the how. How would this happen in a world of evolution? Even if you allow for Adam being immortal at that time and the "garden of Eden" being a protected biosphere or something like that, it would take millions and millions of years and species would come into scope and exit in extinction during that time. What would be the point?

    No, in my opinion creation and evolution are incompatible.
  7. SubscriberFMF
    Main Poster
    This Thread
    Joined
    28 Oct '05
    Moves
    29835
    01 May '16 09:35
    Does "creation" here refer to the Genesis folklore version or does it refer more generally to the idea that Earth, nature and the universe was created somehow by a supernatural being? Fetchmyjunk, what was your intention?
  8. Germany
    Joined
    27 Oct '08
    Moves
    3081
    01 May '16 11:05
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    In your opinion are creation and evolution mutually exclusive?
    A creation myth is not necessarily incompatible with evolution since it can be sufficiently vague and/or not falsifiable. Any myth that is purely metaphysical will, by definition, not clash with any theory or understanding we have obtained from empirical science.
  9. Standard memberFetchmyjunk
    Garbage disposal
    Garbage dump
    Joined
    20 Apr '16
    Moves
    2040
    01 May '16 11:12
    Originally posted by FMF
    Well, abiogenesis and the theory of evolution are not one in the same thing. If you believe that they are, then you should perhaps edit your OP. There is still time.
    When exactly did I say they are one and the same thing?
  10. Standard memberKellyJay
    Walk your Faith
    USA
    Joined
    24 May '04
    Moves
    148460
    01 May '16 11:452 edits
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    Well technically the evolution of living things would need a starting point and if you are an atheist that starting point would have to be abiogenesis.
    I don't care one wit about abiogenesis in this part of the discussion, the first life however it
    started would have had to change from how the first life was coded/made up from that
    point on. It is getting from that beginning point to the ones we see around us that I don't
    believe is possible through evolutionary change.

    With respect to creation I can see life changing over time, after all it is put together and
    maintained by genetic codes which could vary yet not cause death, if the changes are
    bad then life would or could end. If the changes are not life threatening we could see
    a variety of things a little different than the creature looked like in the beginning on the
    day of creation.

    With respect to abiogenesis think on how many things in the WHOLE universe had to be
    just right from the micro to the macro.
  11. SubscriberFMF
    Main Poster
    This Thread
    Joined
    28 Oct '05
    Moves
    29835
    01 May '16 11:57
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    When exactly did I say they are one and the same thing?
    If you were not seeking to conflate the two, then your second post on this page doesn't really make any sense.
  12. Standard memberfinnegan
    GENS UNA SUMUS
    To the Left
    Joined
    25 Jun '06
    Moves
    64930
    01 May '16 12:571 edit
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    I don't care one wit about abiogenesis in this part of the discussion, the first life however it
    started would have had to change from how the first life was coded/made up from that
    point on. It is getting from that beginning point to the ones we see around us that I don't
    believe is possible through evolutionary change.

    With respect to creation I can ...[text shortened]... hink on how many things in the WHOLE universe had to be
    just right from the micro to the macro.
    It is getting from that beginning point to the ones we see around us that I don't
    believe is possible through evolutionary change.

    Evolutionary change is not a theory, it is an observation. Species can be identified in rock sediments that are no longer alive and that differ markedly from creatures living today. Genetic evidence helps to map the relationship between species. Farmers breed a range of animals and enthusiasts breed dogs or pigeons (but not often the combination of these). The flu virus changes and mutates repeatedly and we can observe how one strain prospers and others fade.

    We know evolution happens, we can map the genealogy and the common ancestors of every living species and many extinct ones. And since we know it happens and can map its progress through time and we can correlate evolution with environmental changes in the history of the planet, then the idea of belief or non belief does not really arise. It is a brute fact.

    What remains is the need for an explanation - it is obviously posssible you idiot since it has obviously happened and obviously continues to happen. Talk to the Dodo about it. Talk to a pigeon fancier about it. Talk to a health worker dealing with a newly antibiotic resistent strain of an infectious disease about it. Give us a biblical account of drug resistent disease or a biblical explanation of the consequences of feeding antibiotics to farm animals.
  13. Germany
    Joined
    27 Oct '08
    Moves
    3081
    01 May '16 14:11
    Originally posted by KellyJay
    I don't care one wit about abiogenesis in this part of the discussion, the first life however it
    started would have had to change from how the first life was coded/made up from that
    point on. It is getting from that beginning point to the ones we see around us that I don't
    believe is possible through evolutionary change.

    With respect to creation I can ...[text shortened]... hink on how many things in the WHOLE universe had to be
    just right from the micro to the macro.
    I raised this point in a different thread where it was ignored, but maybe you would like to give it a whirl. Suppose we take the micro-evolution hypothesis and assume it is valid. Then, for each species, there must be a part of their DNA that can change and a part that is immutable, otherwise the DNA cannot "remember" that it should only change "a little." By what mechanism is this segment of DNA protected from mutations? Can we see this happening in nature?
  14. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
    A Spirited Misfit
    in London
    Joined
    14 Mar '15
    Moves
    8572
    01 May '16 14:38
    Originally posted by Fetchmyjunk
    In your opinion are creation and evolution mutually exclusive?
    Oh for the love of hippos!!

    Please, please take the time to understand what evolution actually is before conflating it with creation or the beginning of life.

    I have no idea how life began, but I have a pretty good understanding of how life evolved. I also see no problem with a theist believing God created the world while simultaneously believing in the evolutionary process (as the two things are quite separate).

    Think of it this way, an artist develops his painting which begins as a few simple pencil marks and evolves into a complicated and beautiful picture. The development of this painting is a different matter entirely from how the paper or paint came into existence. (Okay, not the best analogy I've ever made. For one thing it didn't involve sandwiches).
  15. Standard membersonship
    the corrected one.
    Joined
    03 Jan '13
    Moves
    8658
    01 May '16 14:52
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    A creation myth is not necessarily incompatible with evolution since it can be sufficiently vague and/or not falsifiable. Any myth that is purely metaphysical will, by definition, not clash with any theory or understanding we have obtained from empirical science.
    So full fledged macro evolution is falsifiable ?
Back to Top