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Evolution is Fact (Christianity, Islam & Judaism are wrong)
It is utterly painful when people claim that evolution is a theory and not a fact. It is as much a fact as the Earth being spherical is a fact. You might say that the Earth being spherical is a theory, but it's a true theory, a fact.
In the present
We can see evolution happen, we have seen evolution happen, we have it documented, it makes logical sense.
We fight against evolution every day, bacteria are evolving so fast that we no longer have vaccination for strains of super-resistant TB (tuberculosis) and it's also the reason we have no cure for the cold or the flu, which evolves so fast that by the time medicine is produced, it is obsolete.
In the present, we know 99.9% that genetic mutation is the cause of evolution, but even then, it doesn't matter, because we know 100% that evolution is happening because we can physically observe it happening.
Some animals survive better than others of their kind in their environment. The alternative is that every animal has equal chances of surviving. Much like saying a man with no legs has equal chances of winning a leg race. If every animal had the same chances of surviving due to "gods will" etc then certain innocent species would not go extinct.
Polar bears which are white will outcompete their brown counterparts in the arctic because they camouflage in the snow and can hunt easier. They live to reproduce. It's a simple fact.
Catcti have evolved so that what was leaves on the previous ancestor are now spines to protect them from predators! Unlike most other plants, the stem is where plants photosynthesise, not the leaves which are now protective spines. Cacti also have long shallow roots so that when there is rain, the roots will capture as much of the water for the plant as possible. Deep roots would have meant a low surface area for catching the water.
The past is more questionable
The past is more questionable
All debates that arise about evolution in the scientific community are all about HOW evolution happened in the past. It is a debate of the HISTORY of evolution. No one is disputing that evolution isn't happening.
The HISTORICAL aspects argued about arise because the only way of finding out history is by looking at things left over from there. Fossils are the main source for life and not every single organism would have been preserved as fossils. Naturally then, there will be missing links in the historical timeline of the more than 30 million different species whose history is trying to be identified today.
To say evolution is not fact because there are "missing links" In some fossil records is the same as saying "the holocaust didn't happen because we don't know the name of Hitler's wife"
To show just how obviously true evolution is, I've provided links that announce how the popes admit evolution is true or that there is significant evidence for it
Bear in mind just how big of a deal that is, when the heads of the major Church in the world have said that there is huge evidence against what they profess in their texts, the illusion is broken.
Pope Benedict Admits Strong Evidence for Evolution
" “This clash is an absurdity because on one hand there is much scientific proof in favour of evolution, which appears as a reality that we must see and which enriches our understanding of life and being as such.”
Pope John Paul II Publicly Admits He Supports Evolution
Please feel free to post your views on this topic. Although I cannot see how many different views could be listed about such a simple fact.
Evolution of course dismisses and disproves religious notions of a god that instantly created all of the animals the way there are.
But it's not like evolution was the first to do such a thing:
Dinosaurs were never mentioned in the the three monotheistic religious texts. References to 'dragons' yes, 'beasts', yes. Dinosaurs - no.
And before you say "maybe the ancients found the dinosaur bones and interpreted them as 'dragons' or 'beasts'" let me remind you that the Bible, Qu'ran and Torah are all purportedly the word of God, so if God had MEANT dinosaurs he would have had DINOSAURS written.
Where is there doubt and uncertainty when it is God writing these texts through the medium of human beings? God knows all after all, he knew they were dinosaurs.
To use that argument would concede to the fact that the bible is not the word of God but of human beings.
"God put fossils in the ground to test our faith" Oh I see! So God WANTED a creation that would in the face of all evidence against him, blindly follow him?
For those of you that take an abstract and flexible interpretation of the Bible to make it begin to make some sort of sense: here is a table showing what modern science gives great evidence for:
Event - Years ago
Big Bang - 15,000 million
Birth of the Sun, the Earth, and the Moon - 4600 million
Emergence of Life (Pre-cellular Life) - 3800 million
Inorganic Release of Trace Amount of Oxygen -3700 million
Origin of Photo-synthetic Bacteria - 3200 million
Advent of Oxygen-rich Atmosphere - 2000 million
Development of Sexual Reproduction - 1100 million
Spread of Jawless Fishes - 505 million
First Amphibians -408 million
First Reptiles - 360 million
First Dinosaurs and Mammal-like Reptiles; Origin of Mammals - 248 million
First Birds - 213 million
Australopithecus - 4 million
Homo Habilis - 2.2 million
Homo Erectus - 1.5 million
Homo Sapiens - 200 thousand
Modern Humans (homo Sapiens Sapiens)- 35 thousand
And here is the order given to us in Genesis:
Creation of Day and Night - "Day" 1
Creation of Heaven - "Day" 2
Creation of the Earth, the Seas, and the Plants - "Day" 3
Creation of the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars - "Day" 4
Creation of Fishes and Birds [Beginning of Sexual Reproduction] - "Day" 5
Creation of Land Animals (Cattle, Insects, Reptiles, Man) - "Day" 6
No Further Emergence of Life Forms on Earth - "Day" 7
Spot the difference!
-My favourite part is when the sun was created after the plants.
-But also when reptiles appeared after the birds.