Creationism vs Evolutionism the False Debate
I work in a biology laboratory, and one fine day at luchtime a coworker breached the topic of the ongoing debate betwen creationists and evolutionists. I use the word 'debate
' to keep things civilized, because it's more like a nasty exchange of insults
Creationists call the evolutionists, "Goddless and immoral
" and claim that, by using scientific reasoning, the theory of evolution can be proven wrong.
There are countless videos on Youtube* where people claim that the Theory of Evolution is wrong. Some are based on DNA and the way it works - or how these people think it works, or using ridiculously deformed examples like the classic, "Can a monkey give birth to a man? NO, right? Thus the Theory of Evolution is wrong!"
However, Disproving a scientific theory with selective, biased, or downright misinterpretation of scientific data is not valid.
On the other hand, evolutionists call the creationists, "Delusional fools who believe in dragons and faeries.
" and that Sacred Scripture can be disproved with scientific means, like history, paleantology, archeology, Carbon-14 decay, etc.
Here too there are ample examples on Youtube*, but my favorite are those regarding the Christian Christmas. Historically speaking, around our current December 25th there already were celebrations for the beginning of a new year in Ancient Times. I have read comments like, "See Christians? You didn't invent Christmas! You believe in lies! LOL!
" However, Demeaning a Faith or Belief with scientific data, pointing out recorded historical facts, or quoting the personal opinion of scientists is not valid.
Demanding of someone you don't agree with to answer complex questions with a "Yes" or "No", without any background to put things into context, is intellectual dishonesty. And insults are, in my opinion, the last defense of the dim-witted
Before we continue, I must insist on the fact that I am both a Christan and a scientist, and that I believe it is not a contradiction.
Most people, surprisingly enough scientists themselves, do not know that Science is a philosophy and that a philosophy is, simply put, a set of agreed-on rules, terminology and methodology to interpret and attempt to understand Reality and share knowledge with peers initiated to said philosophy. A Faith, a Sytem of Beliefs, or a Religion also attempts to give sense to Reality by using agreed-on dogmas, a terminology and guidelines. I should add that, based on an unfortunate experience in college, even philosophy teachers forget what a philosophy is.
What is my point? In my experience Science and Religion are not that different, they both attempt to give meaning to the World surrounding us, but they use different tools to attain that goal. The huge, ugly, egocentric error people caught in this debate make, is using the tools of the one to judge the other, convinced that their way is, not only the best way, but the only way.
Science is based on observation, recording and interpretation, whereas Religion is based on Faith and symbolism. Let's take the example of Christmas, where historical facts tend to prove that it is not the birthday of Jesus. In this case scientific accuracy is irrelevant, for what is celebrated is the birth
of Christ, and not the date
at which Jesus was born. A calendar date is nothing more than a number, important historically speaking but it is not the actual event. The symbolism attached to the event of the birth
of Jesus is what matters.
I know that some will say, "Both can't be right.
" as I have experienced that comment in the past. But what I am stating is that Religion and Science are different
, I never claimed that they are polar-opposites. Just like a man and a woman are different, but complete each other (biologically speaking) and are not opposites, the one does not exclude the other.
I have worked in biology most of my adult life, and every day I feel humbled by the elegant beauty found in Nature.
This essay reflects my personal opinion, based on my experiences and beliefs. Feel free to comment, but please remain civil
* I am not going to give specific links to said videos as, depending on what they want to prove or disprove, they all pretty much say the same thing and picking one over another, in the hopes something new will be added to the debate, quickly becomes an exercise in futility in my personal experience.