Why does there appear to be such a degree of animosity between people who believe the natural world is a product of intelligent design by an omnipotent creator, and people who believe it is the product of an evolutionary process that continues to shape the natural world to this day? In this context, why can we not respect one another's difference of opinion? It is an interesting topic to debate, but at the end of the day, I wonder why more people don't allow others to remain entitled to their beliefs, one way or the other.
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Thank you. The difference is between people of faith, and people of fact. Some believe to see, and some see to believe. Both of these things are incredibly human as we are all believers and investigators to one degree or another.
To which evolutionary theories are you referring? I am only aware of one thoroughly developed theory of evolution and the corresponding postulations and further development by which it is defined.
Evolution is a scientific theory meaning it is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world that is acquired through the scientific method, and repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation.
Fertile - You are expecting us to believe that a god "created" everything out of nothing., including "creating" himself. Basically, ALL of the building blocks have ALWAYS existed. They were never "created".
The wording of my question does not seek to dismiss the existence of those who reconcile between both, rather, for the sake of this discussion, to focus on the often pervasive issue of vehement contention between both opposing camps.
Kathleen, when you say you believe in both options I think you are misunderstanding the scientific approach. Evolution does not allow for the spontaneous appearance of fully grown trees, or men.
Fertile Forest: My point exactly.
SpongyOllama: Sorry for chasing the rabbit down the hole.
Why do you think creationists feel the need to convert atheists? Why don't you think they can hold to their own beliefs while respecting that other people hold different beliefs?
Because creationists believe atheists will go to hell in their current state of belief. There is a spiritual war taking place and creationists are not to sit idly by as the enemies of the word of God evangelize their belief system
I understand missionary work is carried out with the best intentions, but in modern society, I believe it is only appropriate for people to respect one another's difference of opinion.
I don't feel the need to force anyone to believe the way I do. I will happily share what I believe with you, and even explain why, but what you do with that is up to you.
My faith tells me that God is a gentleman, and would never force you.