Can Evolution and Creation Co-exist?
Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 4, 2007
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CAN EVOLUTION AND CREATION CO-EXITS? — by Catherine Morgan
I know when we talk about evolution and creation, immediately a line is drawn, and you are either on one side or the other. But, at the risk of causing an uproar, I would like to suggest an alternate opinion. Why can’t evolution and creation co-exist? Who decided that if creation exists then evolution can’t, or that if evolution is correct then there could be no creator? It seems to me, more likely that they both exist. Let me explain.
First, let me just say that I am not trying to prove or disprove either position. I am simply trying to point out, that maybe we have more that unites us in this discussion, than divides us. Ultimately, my hope is that we as “humanity”, can become less divided and more united, and not just on this topic. So, that is the spirit of my opinion on this, I hope it comes across that way. I do not have any intention of disrespecting anyone’s beliefs here, just to give everyone something to think about. So, with that said, these are my thoughts.
Creation is an act of causing or producing something to exist. Evolution is the processes of gradual development. Think of it this way, when DaVinci “created” the Mona-Lisa, it wasn’t a masterpiece at the first brush-stroke. It was only after a long process of many strokes that the masterpiece “evolved”. So, the Mona-Lisa could only become a masterpiece, with the “evolution” of DaVinci’s “creation”. DaVinci was the creator of the masterpiece, but without evolving the idea from his head to the canvas, the Mona-Lisa would cease to be. There is no doubt that the Mona-Lisa had a creator, as well as there is no doubt that only by a process taken by the creator, did the Mono-Lisa evolve.
Basically, we are all creators in some sense of the word, but we couldn’t create anything without a process or evolution. That is because, just thinking it in our heads doesn’t make it so, it is our process that makes it so. This analagy applies to all things “created”, a song, a book, a home, a baby, and so on. Everything we know of as created, was created by some type of a process, therefor, evolved.
So, now to touch on the religious aspects of this thought. The Bible says that God took six days to create heaven and earth. So, if taken “literally”, then creation wouldn’t be able to co-exist with evolution. But, there “literally” wasn’t any such thing as “time” before the earth was created, at least in the sense that we are familiar with time. In that case, God had plenty of “time” to create the heaven and earth, you could even say that God “created” evolution. It seems to me, that the evolution of science, is creating the proof that the universe did have a “Creator”. Science is simply explaining the process of evolution, that the “Creator” used to create. That makes sense, right?
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