“Today I am going to lecture you about evolution, does anybody here know what evolution is?” my biology instructor Mr. Kabod asked. Everyone, including me, gazed at one another for a second, as if we were looking for an answer in each other eyes, but nothing. The whole class went silent and looked down, because we all knew that the instructors in Ethiopia had a habit of picking on pupils who make eye contact with them, and demand an answer from the pupils, whether we are familiar with the topic or not.
“You, I am talking to you. What is evolution?” he asked. I was not quite sure whom he was speaking to; I gathered all my power and energy to peep on the instructor and the ...view middle of the document...
Evolutionists believe that life as we see it today had developed from smaller organisms, while creationists however believe that life and all its assortment was created by a higher power. Each side presented good arguments to support their points or purposes, but at the same time the arguments of each opponent offer reasonable grounds for being believed.
Evolutionists state that, despite the massive technological and scientific evolution, there is still no realistic proof or suggestion of God’s presence. However, the creationist’s respond to the fact that, although God has not yet been seen or heard, a lot of evidence suggests its existence. For instance, creationists believe that our ecosystems function in such a way, that even the absence of a couple of smaller components causes damage to the ecosystem. It’s hard to consider that such a complex range appeared and balanced on its own, whereas evolutionists suggest an idea of spontaneous development.
According to evolutionists, there lived nothing before the big bang, but afterwards, the matter organized on it’s own as time passed. This matter formed the universe and has shaped our planets, stars, and finally living organisms. However, the creationists believe that God created human beings in his own image on the sixth day. And to illustrate that point, men can predict and craft a new object that has never been seen before, and are able to show compassion for strangers, like their creator.
Nevertheless, both sides seem to be unable to recognize, that their positions of view are not necessarily in opposition to one another. It is possible that God could have created the possibility of life, but after this he could have left human beings to their own devices. Or perhaps God could have prearranged everything, and then just pressed the “Start” button, and observed the outcomes. Apart from these, many other alternative explanations have been proposed.
The lecture was amazing, and quiet fascinating. I supposed the teacher could tell a good story, but my classmates and I did not take it seriously. Almost all the students immediately disagreed with the new theory we had been introduced to. Our personal experience, religion, and family influence the things we hold dear in our lives. And for our teacher to come up with this topic out of the blue and expect us to take this seriously was asking a bit much.
My classmates and I, all come from religious family backgrounds, and people in this situation often have closed minds,...