Religion was Science – Creation vs Evolution #4

Why do those thunderstorms come and ruin our crops?
Why did that friend betray me?

Why did that other friend save me?

What caused all these animals to be alive?

What caused me to be alive?
What makes a seed grow?
Why do we die?

What happens to us when we die?

All these used to be religious questions because religion started out as science. It was the thought and the act of trying to figure out why things are the way they are, why things happen.

It did a pretty good job of it too, for a long time.  But religion got stuck because it did not have a method for self-correction. Too much was invested in the answers they came up with to allow those answers to change.  It is pretty much the same way now.

That is when religion and science split.  Science moved forward with the addition of a way to self-correct, the scientific method, and religion did not.  


Drawing, quote and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Monkey vs Dirt – Creation vs Evolution #3

It’s day 3 of Creation vs Evolution Week!

I love quotes that bring up something I had never thought before. I love the simplicity of this one.  A constant refrain you hear from opinionated creationists who are uneducated about the theory of evolution is something along the lines of “I ain’t descended from no chimpanzee!”  I hadn’t thought about it before but really, how much more embarrassing is it to say “I’m descended from dirt!” Dirt (more commonly translated as dust), as you know, is what we are said to have been made from in the biblical book of Genesis.

Of course the truth is that in evolutionary theory we are not descended from chimps.  We are descended from a common ancestor. The chimp ancestors went in one direction from that common ancestor and humans ancestors went in another direction.  But whether a creationist likes the idea of it or not, our DNA proves we are the closest of relatives.  Human and chimps have anywhere from 95% to 98.8% DNA in common, depending on what statistic you choose to believe. But the point, no matter the exact percentage, is that we are much more likely to have been descended from a common ancestor of the chimp than a common ancestor of dirt.



Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by T. H. Huxley, 1825-1895, English biologist

 


Monday Question: Do you know why, in the biblical story of Genesis, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden? 

Answer: Genesis 2:22 – And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden…

So, it wasn’t because they ate from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. There was punishment for that, but it did not include getting kicked out of the garden.  They were kicked out so they would not be equal to the Gods (notice it’s plural when it says ‘become like one of us’), by becoming immortal through eating of the tree of life.

The Stork Theory – Creation vs Evolution #2

Creation vs Evolution Week is evolving…

The argument for Creation Science is ‘WOW, life is so incredible, there just has to be a designer.’  That is not science, that is awe.  Awe is good, but it isn’t the end of an investigation, it’s the beginning.  However, if you start your investigation with a foregone conclusion then you are, of course, forbidden to reach any other conclusion at the end of your investigation.
Can anyone honestly say that Creation Science is open to follow the evidence wherever it may lead? I think the answer is pretty obviously no. It can’t and it won’t. Because it starts with the statement that there has to be a specific type of conscious being as a creator, it can never freely look at evidence that might contradict that.  It might give the appearance of a neutral look at the evidence, but it will always be forced to squeeze whatever is found through the filter of a conscious designer.  That in turn will both skew the evidence and skew the direction any further investigation will take.


Now, it is true that legitimate science can, on occasion, also skew evidence.  But the great thing about legitimate science is, in spite of individuals wanting to push a certain theory, it is ultimately self-correcting.  A theory that can’t be backed up over time is eventually discarded and replaced with one that is more in keeping with the evidence.

Creation Science can’t, and never will be, ultimately self-correcting because it can never allow for evidence that threatens its foregone conclusion.

 


 

Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily
Quote by Judith Hayes


One year ago today at the NDD – It is a test of a good religion


Heresy – Creation vs Evolution #1

Let’s start at the very beginning…of Creation vs Evolution Week at the NDD!

Would you enjoy life without the knowledge of good and evil?  Not just evil mind you, but GOOD and evil.  What would life be like with out EITHER of those things?

When the story of Adam and Eve was written, approximately 3,500 years ago, it was explained that the desire to have knowledge of good and evil was a bad thing, a heresy so to speak. It was then a fatal misconduct on the part of Adam and Eve to act on that desire.  It was an explanation for why humans are the way they are.

Now we know there are many other reasons as well for why we are the way we are.  The sciences of zoology, biology, chemistry, physics and cosmology all have contributed to our more advanced (though not yet complete) understanding of these things.

And guess what? Each one of those sciences and their early (and in some cases later) discoveries were first seen as heretical and those who practiced them were seen as guilty of misconduct.  Many were thrown in jail and killed as a result of their investigations.  Many who weren’t treated so harshly were still sidelined and dismissed for their ideas.

Our evolution doesn’t come easily it seems.

A question: Do you know why, in the biblical story of Genesis, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden? I bet the reason is not what you think.  The answer tomorrow.



Drawing and commentary by Marty Coleman of The Napkin Dad Daily

Quote by George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish playwright


 

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