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Theistic Evolution Essay

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Theistic evolution is the belief in evolution, the gradual development of something from a simple to more complex form, while still believing in the story of creation as told in the first two chapters of Genesis in the Bible. Most theists, that are traditional Christians, believe in a six day, with twenty four hours in each day, creation of the earth and everything that inhabits it is literally translated from the bible and that earth is six thousand years old or less. Scientific research, that has been tested and proven over time, would have us believe that earth is billions of years old and the universe is possibly much older. The main objective of this paper is to explain the first six ...view middle of the document...

31) The famous scientist and skeptic of our time Richard Dawkin’s quote points towards a creator, "The universe could so easily have remained lifeless and simple -just physics and chemistry, just the scattered dust of the cosmic explosion that gave birth to time and space. The fact that it did not -the fact that life evolved out of literally nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved literally out of nothing -is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice. And even that is not the end of the matter. Not only did evolution happen: it eventually led to beings capable of comprehending the process by which they comprehend it." Even Albert Einstein saw the flaws of a purely scientific worldview. He wrote, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”(Einstein) We are left with one of two choices: god or nothing created our universe. If we can agree that nothing truly means nothing then we are left with “In the beginning God…” (Boice 27).
This verse simply states that God “created the heavens and the earth”. It does not tell us how or when. Could these words be describing “The Big Bang” theory? Edwin Hubble proved in 1929 that the universe is literally pulling apart and would suggest that at one time all of these galaxies were together in one massive entity. Using the Doppler Effect to measure the speed at which stars are moving away from earth, scientists believe that this huge explosion happened 14 billion years ago. If there was nothing before this explosion does this then point to a miracle? This theory also points to a sudden creation of the universe (Collins 66). Many scientist feel that the “Big Bang” would have formed all the elements of the earth within the first hour of the explosion. Additional evidence suggests that the ratio of most elements is constant throughout the universe. One element in particular, deuterium, is believed to have been formed by the unbelievably high temperatures that would have been caused by this explosion. Deuterium is uniform across the universe (Collins 64). If the “Big Bang” theory is correct, then it does mean that there was a definite beginning leading us to believe that “In the beginning (Genesis 1:1)” might be correct.

“The earth was without form, and void: and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (The Bible Gen. 1:2) Many scientists believe that there is a fossil record that dates back millions of years that clearly points to an earth that is older than the traditional bible theologians might suggest. These discovered fossils can be dated, not only by where they are located in the earth’s crust, but also the approximate age can be determined with the process of radioactive decay (Collins 94-95). The fossil record shows us successive strata of the earth’s crust containing fossils of earlier life forms. The phrase “the earth was without form, and void”...

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