I’ve been thoroughly enjoying “Evolution Schmevolution” this week on the Daily Show. I love seeing fun poked at both sides.
As someone who does not believe in Creationism or “Intelligent Design”, one thing is really confusing to me. Why does Evolution need to be in conflict with the presense of a supreme being? All that Evolution is trying to do is explain the effects of what we’ve seen over the last millions of years. The most confusing part to me is that some people try to refute the effects. If you seperate those 2 things the argument becomes much more defined and less divisive.
The first issue is that apparently 42% of Americans believe that humans were created as they exist today. To these people there’s not too much I can say. If someone already has a mindset to ignore huge scientific evidence then it’s probably not possible to convince them that Evolution isn’t in conflict with core religious beliefs.
I think the second issue is that Evolution and Intelligent Design don’t seem to be exclusive. I think ID is just Creationism wrapped in a more modern skin, so I don’t like it for that reason, plus it’s arguments don’t make much logical sense. But, Evolution seems to fit within it’s logical framework to some extent.
Personally I don’t believe in the “tinkering” of a supreme being in the development of our planet but since I can’t explain how the universe began I can’t discount that one exists. I don’t understand why a view like this isn’t more prevalent among religious circles but it probably has to do with the longing to feel special/important.