Discerning Between Religion and Evolution

  1. Religion and evolution have some conflicting ideologies, but at the same time, they seem to borrow from each other to complete their approaches.
    1. Dalits contend that evolution and religion are complementary. They argue that religion evolved to complement evolution by providing means of survival.
    1. On the contrary, these terms do not seem to form a middle ground.

Thesis: It is necessary to research why this incompatibility exists between religion and evolution.

  1. Evolution and religion are incompatible.
    1. Evolution is science-based, while religion is based on faith (Kerrigan n.p).
    1. Religion states that life evolved from a supernatural being through creation.
  1. Evolutionary scientists such as Richard Dawkins argue that religion does not exist; therefore, there is no comparison.
    1. Therefore, evolution is the only approach that explains how life developed.
    1. Religion is based on faith, which lacks natural aspects that can be subjected to experimentation.
  1. Evolution is attributed to the origin and development of life.
    1. According to Charles Darwin, Evolution is the gradual change in organisms due to genetic mutation and natural selection (Gishlick 840-841). The changes that occur enable these organisms to adapt to the prevailing environment, thus increasing their survival.
  • Evolution also suggests that life evolve spontaneously from non-living matter. According to this evolution theory, when some wrapped pieces of cheese and bread are left in a dark room, mice developed after several weeks (Pross 214).
  • Religion also explains life on earth using various alternate. Some of these alternatives are creationism and intelligent design.
    • This alternate seems to criticize evolution because, according to creationism, organisms cannot mutate into other similar organisms as in evolution. God’s creative works must be employed.
    • The intelligent design suggests that a supernatural designer was involved in creating life on earth.
  • Both religion and evolution explain on origin and development of life. The two aspects are incompatible.
    • Additionally, the nature of life and the order seen in creation must have involved a divine force in coordinating the whole process.
    • We cannot completely disregard the correctness of evolution on the origin and development of life.
    •  There is no middle ground between religion and evolution argument on the origin and development of life.

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Kerrigan, Nathan. “How Can Scientists Believe Evolution Is Compatible With Religion?”. The Conversation, 2016, https://theconversation.com/how-can-scientists-believe-evolution-is-compatible-with-religion-54495. Accessed 29 Jan 2021.

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