They say that science and religion are two opposite methods used to describe and decipher our world today. From the mysteries of the universe to life on Earth, people have been trying to find out their purpose since the earliest stages of evolution.
However, no matter how much we try, there is still not enough evidence to strongly support just one of the two main theories surrounding our appearance on Earth. So how did we end up on this planet and, most importantly, why? Here is my opinion on the matter.
Although there are plenty of theories suggesting our origins on this planet, evolutionism and creationism remain the most plausible ones, regardless of our religion or upbringing.
Creationism refers to the divine intervention of God in our creation, and it represents the most common belief. Be it Christians, Muslims or Buddhists, people believe in a divine force that rules this planet and which helped with our creation. In the Bible, it is written that God created the earth in seven days. So how come we’re still evolving as a species if God needed just one day to make us and the animals?
The belief in supernatural forces that are beyond our comprehension was the main modus vivendi up until the 19th century. The Church was the divine institution that preached religion and God’s word and which was extremely influential in the Dark Ages and cracked down on everyone who didn’t believe in the divine authority.
Unfortunately, many who opposed the system were considered heretics and punished accordingly, including brilliant minds such as astronomers, physicians, and scientists.
It was not until the nineteenth century that evolutionism began to be considered a valid possibility by scientists. In 1859, famous biologist and naturalist Charles Darwin published the book “On the Origin of Species,” in which he stated that the human species is merely one of the links on the evolution chain, alongside other animals.
Darwin believed that every living being on this planet descended from a common ancestor and begun analyzing the patterns of evolution. His most common belief was that we share a not-so-distant common ancestor with apes and that, in fact, humans are related to primates.
These theories were received with mixed reactions from the public. Some praised his scientific work while others dismissed it and even considered it heretical. However, Darwin’s opinion doesn’t give us the answer to another existential question – if all beings have the same ancestor, how come fish remained fish and apes don’t turn into humans anymore?
My opinion on the subject
This dispute has been going on for quite a long time (more than a century) and there is still no relevant answer to support any of these two major theories. I believe in faith and, therefore, the divine intervention and the existence of a superior force. However, I also consider that the Holy Bible raises more questions than answers and there are still plenty of things that don’t add up with the theory of creation.