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Creationism vs. Evolution
In my short life on this planet I have come to question things
that many take upon blind faith. We all know that we must some day
die; yet we continuously deny the forces at work inside ourselves,
which want to search out the answers of what may or may not come
after. It is far easier for humanity to accept that they will go to a
safe haven and be rewarded for their lives with pleasures and
fantasies of an unfathomable scale than to question the existence of a
supposed omnipotent being. Yet, there are a few of us humans who tend
to question the why\'s and wherefore\'s that society puts forth to us.
We question the existence of God, or the creation of mankind rather
than blindly accepting faith-filled beliefs we may received from our
parents as children. Perhaps it is because we live in a nation filled
with many peoples of different beliefs whose Gods are all so varied
and different that it is difficult to fathom that they are all the
same divine being. It is also plausible that we just have a desire to
quench the thirst for knowledge that lies deep within ourselves. As
for myself, I cannot believe in a being which created a universe and a
multitude of worlds in a rather short period of time then deigns to
lower itself into becoming a puppet-master and "pulling the strings"
of the Earth and all of the people therein.
Since this paper touches upon many scientific terms, I feel
that in order for the reader to correctly grasp the content I must
first define three words: Theory, Law, and Hypothesis. The definitions
will allow for a greater underezding of this essay and give us an
even ground upon which to begin.
1. a. Systematically organized knowledge applicable in a relatively
wide variety of circumezces, especially a system of assumptions,
accepted principles, and rules of procedure devised to analyze,
predict, or otherwise explain the nature or behavior of a specified
set of phenomena. b. Such knowledge or such a system.
2. An assumption based on limited information or knowledge; a
1. a. A formulation describing a relationship observed to be
invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the
specified conditions are met: the law of gravity. b. A generalization
based on consistent experience or results: the law of supply and
demand; the law of averages.
1. A tentative explanation that accounts for a set of facts and can be
tested by further investigation; a theory.
2. Something taken to be true for the purpose of argument or
investigation; an assumption.
It is important that you thoroughly read the above definitions
or you will be at a disadvantage if you do not. You will note that
there are several different definitions to each word. I felt it was
important to include the added definitive statement to theory because
it shows the difference between a scientific theory and an "everyday"
theory based upon conjecture. The additional definitions to law and
hypothesis are both added for a further underezding of these words.
The definition of creationism is somewhat more complex. One
must start by saying that the belief in the creation of the universe
given at the beginning of the Bible is literally true. Creationism is
a belief based solely upon faith (which is a belief in and of itself).
There are no scientific facts as a basis for this belief, solely
conjectural theories and speculations. It is ingrained into our minds,
as children that a belief of a force, or supernatural entity, which is
all powerful and all knowing, is watching over us and taking care of
our needs. Yet, to me, saying this very sort of thing is heretical in
its very essence. To be so crude as to think that some being which
created the universe itself and all things in it would take the time
to care for each and every individual is incomprehensible. In
practically all ancient cultures, the biblical included, the universe
was thought of as an original chaos into which order had been
introduced by a creative hand: This was the essence of creation.1 In
this statement alone we can see one of the major flaws of creationism.
Topics Related to Creationism vs. Evolution
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