Chapter 1.2 The Opinions of the Men of Religion Regarding the Theory of Evolution

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The Opinions of the Men of Religion Regarding the Theory of Evolution

Unfortunately, most of the clerics of the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have taken the same stance towards Darwins theory as they took toward his predecessor Galileo. Just as time passed by Galileo theory of the earths spin, culminating with a heartbreaking tragedy because of the clerics who fought it and who shed the blood of the scientists, and then evidence of the earth spin accumulated until the point of having images of the earth spinning in space; likewise, now time has passed by evolution, and scientific evidence (such as genetics) has accumulated to the point that denial of evolution is now foolish and contemptible stubbornness. However, many clerics continue to rely on the ignorance of the people who listen to and follow them. Unfortunately, even today they reject evolution, the evidence from genetics and comparative anatomy, and the study of unearthed animals, and on top of all that, they even reject the evidence of a succession of fossils tracing back to beings that walked upright on two feet millions of years ago.

For biologists, all of this evidence is more than enough to prove evolution, and today it is a scientific fact taught in schools and universities. Biologists no longer search for evidence to prove evolution, but instead investigate its mechanisms and its history In spite of this, many clerics continue to reject it without scientific proof or evidence to the contrary. As if they were not just satisfied with rejecting it, some of them have also declared that whoever believes in evolution is a disbeliever who should be put to death!

We will briefly consider the question of evolution and the evidence supporting it, but if those who call themselves scholars of religion, when rejecting the theory of evolution, would just propose an alternate theory that is consistent with the established scientific facts of genetics, comparative anatomy and fossils.

And if they would just look at the lungfish and the amphibious fish and tell us: did this (it evolve from the aquatic fish or not? And what is the evidence for their point of view? They should also determine the time-span of human life from the creation of Adam pbuh until today.

This is important because the proposed time-span should be consistent with their statements that deny evolution, and also with the scientific facts regarding the history of the genus Homo on the earth. It is now an unquestionable scientific fact that modem man is Homo sapiens. The origin of Homo sapiens as well as their history and route of migration out of Africa is well known, so those who deny evolution should at least give an approximate date of when Adam was created, and the location Where he first lived. Even an approximate location would be acceptable. Of course, the dates they provide must be based on the religious scriptures that they claim disprove evolution. Then they will find themselves unraveling the yarn that they have spun, and they will find they have no argument or proof other than provoking the pride and arrogance of man with statements like, “Evolution claims that man descended from apes.”

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