ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why Do Protestant Fundamentalists Hate Evolution?

Updated on April 10, 2012

I was given an assignment my Junior year of college, asking me to evaluate the evidence for and against evolution. It was the first paper that required me to think about my beliefs, and how to defend them. began thinking anew about this subject when my 11-year old stepdaughter, while watching the popular television show The Big Bang Theory, proclaimed “the Big Bang Theory is not true, it was God that made the universe”. I should explain that this anti-intellectual attitude is a product of my wife's family's Protestant fundamentalist belief concerning the origin of life. I have attended the church attended by the family, and was baffled by the showing of videos, intended to disprove evolution, of beautiful flowers or why Hippopotamii can hold their breath while swimming underwater.

My own Catholic upbringing allows for a belief in the Christian view of the origin of life, along with an allowance for acquired scientific knowledge.

Charles Darwin, along with his contemporary, Thomas Malthus, formulated the idea that change in biological populations across generations is the mechanism for the biological diversity that we see in present species, and the reason we see speciation in fossils. Evolution in organisms occurs through changes in heritable traits. More desirable characteristics, such as flippers instead of feet for swimming, or feathers instead of scales for flying, are selective traits passed to offspring, sometimes allowing for adaptation to a change in environment. These traits can arise from mutation or genetic drift.

The Catholic Church teaches that the process of evolution is a planned and purpose-driven natural process, actively guided by God. The first humans evolved, and the soul was an addition to pre-existing living matter. Evolution does not necessarily need to be atheistic, a divine plan for the evolution of man is completely in line with Christian beliefs. Religious beliefs that require willful ignorance of our increasing scientific knowledge are one reason for our fading national standings in the areas of science and math education, it' as if scientific reason is subject to popular opinion. Recently, state school boards in Texas, Kansas, Tennessee and elsewhere have introduced anti-evolution curricula. Intelligent design is an updated version of creationism, that the complexity and diversity found in nature is attributed to a supernatural intelligence. Anti-evolutionists point to holes in the fossil record, or resort to attempts at disproving rediometric dating to invent a controversy.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting article, so you can believe in God and evolution.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)