Professor Cockrell/CWP 101
October 22, 2012
Creationism vs. Evolution: The Three Different Viewpoints
Scientific facts found in paleontology, biology, geology, and astronomy, pose strong evidence for Evolution making it seem like the only logical answer as to how life evolved. The ideas found in “The Book of Genesis” have made great controversy of whether Creationism is true, or if we should solely rely on the scientific facts of Evolution. In the history of science vs. religion there has been many issues on the debate of Evolution vs. Creationism. This debate happens because the majority of evidence is in favor of Evolution, but because Creationism is based on religious beliefs it is hard to prove it wrong. Although there are many different beliefs and ideas on human creation, it is narrowed down into three theories: Creation Theory, Naturalistic Evolution Theory, and Theistic Evolution Theory. All three sides create a dilemma for humans, religious and non-religious, as to which theory to support because of their many differences. Each theory is unique in providing its own evidence proving its validity, but lacks enough evidence to prove the other theories incorrect. The Creation Theory explains that a certain God created the humans, and Evolution does not exist. The Naturalistic Evolution Theory states that Evolution is driven by purely natural forces, and is not controlled by any input from a superior being. The Theistic Evolution Theory is a mixture of both Creation and Naturalistic Theories. The Theistic Evolution Theory states that God created the world and guides the evolution process (Robinson, 2011).
When trying to explain the concept of Evolution, most people become confused because it is hard for scientists to communicate to the general public and also because there is confusion between scientists themselves. More people vaguely believe in the Naturalistic Evolution
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