Charles Darwins introduction of evolution, created the battle betweenevolution and religion.
Still, to this day, the influence of Darwinism haspeople asking themselves where they came from. God, a higher spirit, or theprocess of evolution, are the two main choices to pick from. For many years, Godwas the predominant answer, but after the ideas of Darwin, scientists have takenthe task to trace humans back to the beginning of existence and try to give ascientific explanation. Obviously, since no one really knows for certain whathappened that resulted in the creation of man, it can only be determined on apersonal basis; through religious beliefs and educated guesses. Its quiteclear that without the influence of Darwinism, there would be no controversy.Order now
However, there doesnt have to be a controversy. The creation of man should bethought of as a combination of God and evolution. Before the thoughts of Darwin,most people concluded that their must have been a higher creator who had placedthem on earth. So, for many years, they worshiped God tenaciously, and to thisday some people still do. To change such an idea that has existed for so manyyears is hard to accomplish.
Therefore, Darwins theory was consideredoutrageous. According to Steve Jones, in his book, Darwins Ghost, in 1991 ahundred million Americans believed that during the last ten thousand years, manwas created by God the way he is now. Man wasnt created from a previousspecie ( 1). Its most likely that there was a higher spirit that created theexistence of life.
It explains how the world began. If you sit and think aboutit enough, its frightening to consider that there could, possibly, never havebeen anything at all; just an empty space of nothing, with no living mammals,insects, trees, grass, or clouds. However, the fact that humans, along with theother million types of living mammals, insects, and so forth, were created byGod is very unlikely. More likely, after a higher spirit created the beginninglife form, a single cell organism, after many years, this organism progressedinto what is now, considered the highest life form alive. In Darwins book,Origin of Species, he states that: Nothing at first can appear more difficult tobelieve than that the more complex organs and instincts should have beenperfected not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason, but bythe accumulation of innumerable slight variations, each good for the individualpossessor.
Nevertheless, this difficulty, though appearing to our imaginationinsuperably great, cannot be considered real if we admit the followingpropositions, namely, – that the gradations in the perfection of any organ orinstinct, which we may consider, either do now exist or could have exists, eachgood of its kind, -that all organs and instincts are, in ever so slight a degree, variable, -and lastly, that there is a struggle for existence leading to thepreservation of each profitable deviation of structure or instinct. The truth ofthese propositions cannot, I think, be disputed. (Jones 331) Darwin never statesthat there was not a a superior being, but stares that organs and instincts werenot perfected by God. While a higher being began life, scientific actions tookplace to get where we are today. In the book of Science and Technology, itstates that, “In Darwins Theory had a weakness, in that it didnt explainhow and why small variations in individuals eventually created a new species. Hebelieved it had to do with reproduction and heredity, but it wasnt until the1930s that geneticists explained how; through Modern Synthesis” (1192 ).
With that bit of information, its even more logical that Evolution and Godcoexist. Its also logical that Darwin not only influenced the Science world,but he also influenced Religion. Bibliography”Evolution. ” Science and Technology Illustrated.
1st ed. 1984. Jones,Steve. Darwins Ghost.
New York: Random House, 1999