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"Nobel Prize winner Dr. Francis Crick (co-discoverer of one of the most important discoveries of 20th century biology) arrived at the theory that life could never have evolved by chance on planet earth."
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Chapter 3:
Two Worldviews in Conflict
What do thousands of scientists believe about creation and evolution?

Chapter Introduction

When discussing the topic of the origins of life, most people associate evolution with science, and creation with religion. Evolution is the scientific explanation, while creation is the religious one. These two viewpoints, evolution and creation, have today become the major competing explanations regarding life’s origins.

The theory of creation (sometimes called scientific creationism) says that the universe and living organisms originated from specific acts of divine creation as told in the biblical account. This theory was prevalent in the mid 19th century until Charles Darwin first introduced the theory of evolution in his 1859 publication, Origin of Species. This new theory of evolution hypothesized that, from non-living matter, simple living organisms formed and progressed naturally into complex ones.

Today the theory of evolution has become widely known as the only scientific explanation for the origin of life, and the theory of creation is commonly understood to be based solely on religious beliefs. This is because there seems to be a lack of scientific evidence supporting the biblical claims of creation, while evolution appears to be supported by a vast body of scientific evidence. As a result, most educational institutes teach the theory of evolution as the sole explanation for human origins.

However, in recent years there has been a growing number of scientists who reject evolution, as new research has begun to seriously call into question some of the dogmatic beliefs of evolutionary theory. There are now thousands of fully accredited scientists around the world, and the number continues to rise, who believe there is more evidence to support creation than evolution. In fact, while many new discoveries are being made, the evidence used largely against creation, and in support of evolution, appears to be quickly crumbling. The weight of the evidence is shifting so steeply that as recently as 1999, one school board in the United States banned the testing of the theory of evolution from its science curriculum.[1]

The media has generally laughed at this decision, alleging it was made on a purely religious basis, yet the evidence used is strong. Some of the main arguments against evolution and for creation are presented on the following pages of this chapter.[2]


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