Why is there religious disdain for evolution?Submitted by dwalters on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 18:25
Personally, I'm not a religious person, but I was raised going to church. As a child, I attended every Wednesday and Sunday and I listened to what the pastor and others involved with the church had to say. This post isn't intended to attack anyone's belief system. Rather I am interested in getting honest answers to an honest question.
Why is there so much religious disdain regarding the principles of evolution? And please, finish reading and genuinely consider what I have to say before hastily responding.
One thing I noticed from my experience with religion is that very few people take every story in the Bible literally. A good example is that of the Tower of Babel. The people wished to build a tower tall enough to peak into heaven. The story goes:
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
If one were to take this seriously, would god have allowed the space program, for instance? What about the Hubble Space Telescope?
Given, that some of the stories cannot be taken absolutely literally (which does not forbid them from containing important philosophical lessons), why could evolution not be the creation tool used by god? Further, why should the timescales of a supernatural being be of the same duration as that of yours and mine? For instance, why couldn't 7 "god" days translate to billions of human years?
I recall the old saying, "God works in mysterious ways." Couldn't this be one of those instances? Are you privy to the exact methods used by god?
Do you believe in free will? For instance, do you believe that you could just quit doing anything at all and god would take care of you? Or, do you believe another adage, "God helps those that helps themselves" - which implies the existence of free will?
From considering the big picture, how is free will that much different from evolution? Both are questions of does god control everything absolutely with no wiggle room, or is there room for variation?
With the above in mind, why does evolution have to be incompatible with your religious faith?
Please respond honestly without flaming. Besides, flaming causes high blood pressure.