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CREATIONISM vs. EVOLUTION vs. INTELLIGENT DESIGN vs. NO GOD

I believe three of the four sides are right: the Bible, Evolution, and Creationism!   For the religious, if God is capable of doing anything, then why could he not simply create the world through natural means…through evolution?  For the secular, how do you know that God is not behind the creation of the universe and all of the life in it, using natural methods such as evolution (“Intelligent Design”)?  I see no contradiction.

I believe that Christians and Orthodox Jews  might say that Moses explains in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Bible that God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day.  The Bible did not specify the length of  a “day”.  So a day could be 2 billion years and seven of those days could be 14 billion years, which is about the age of the universe.  Moreover, when Moses wrote Genesis, no one back then would have understood anything as complicated as evolution.

For believers in evolution, how can you know that there is no God?   I have a Trilobite fossil that’s from the Ordovician Geologic period which was about 400 million-years-ago.  Moreover, dinosaur bones have been dated, using radioactive “half-lives,” as being about 60-million-years-old.  There’s simply too much fossil evidence that supports some form of evolution.  However, the universe is unimaginably vast and the human body alone so unbelievably complex…could these things evolved without an “intelligent design” by (you name it) God, Allah, a Supreme Being, etc?  I think it is more likely that there is God and that some interpretation of the Biblical story of creation, if you specify that God used natural means, is probably true.  There is no contradiction.  Incidentally, it’s now known that birds evolved from dinosaurs, which I think shows that God has a sense of humor.

Aside from the objective reality of whether God exists or does not exist, the idea of God is positive and uplifting and helps people get through the inevitable crises in their lives.  Moreover, God and religion are the foundation upon which ethics and morals stand.  Even for those that do not believe in God, the foundation of whatever ethics and morals they have, ultimately came from a religious family predecessor.

Anyone interested in exploring religion to discover one that is right for him or her should read M. Scott Peck, M.D.’s books on The Road Less Traveled.

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