Asked by Anonymous
Well that certainly is a loaded question, but a good one ;-) Evolution vs. Creationism is one of the hottest topics debated (especially between Christians and atheists) today for sure. I have looked into many of the arguments on both sides and have found that there has been a lot of confusion and misunderstandings that have made it a political and polarizing topic since Charles Darwin’s work was documented in the 1800’s.
The first question to ask about your question is “What do you mean by evolution?” or, to put it another way, “What kind of evolution are you asking about?” There are 2 kinds of evolution, Microevolution and Macroevolution. Most of what we think and talk about as evolution are examples of microevolution - small mutations and adaptations within species over shorter amounts of time that generate new types of organisms within that species. Macroevolution occurs over much longer amounts of time on a grand scale over-arching the whole history of life; stability, change, lineages and extinction.
It is mainly with the macroevolutionary theories (i.e. how the universe came to be, the age of the earth and how humans evolved etc..) that Christians have disagreed with the scientific (non-believing in God as Creator) community. Most Christians believe God created everything and that He set all of the kinds and species on earth; there can be no jumping from one species to another kind of organism (i.e. humans could not have come from apes or chimpanzees). Many Christians believe the earth is very old and that God did not bring the life to it until recent history 5-10 thousand years ago. I tend to lean this way. But still, many Christians believe that God created everything 6,000 years ago according to the biblical history. There is not a lot of serious, hard evidence or proof on either side and the Bible is not explicit about this matter. I believe it takes faith to believe any theory about it.
Check out this article and the movie, God vs. Evolution, made by Ray Comfort, it may be interesting to you and help you to think through some of the arguments. You will see how polarized and political the issue has become and how it is really a spiritual war that continues on.
Thanks and God Bless,