A discussion on creationism and evolution

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A discussion on creationism and evolution

History of the creation—evolution controversy and History of evolutionary thought The creation—evolution controversy began in Europe and North America in the late 18th century, when new interpretations of geological evidence led to various theories of an ancient earthand findings of extinctions demonstrated in the fossil geological sequence prompted early ideas of evolutionnotably Lamarckism.

In England these ideas of continuing change were at first seen as a threat to the existing "fixed" social order, and both church and state sought to repress them. The scientific establishment at first dismissed it scornfully and the Church of England reacted with fury, but many UnitariansQuakers and Baptists —groups opposed to the privileges of the established church —favoured its ideas of God acting through such natural laws.

Asa Gray around the time he published Darwiniana. By the end of the 19th century, there was no serious scientific opposition to the basic evolutionary tenets of descent with modification and the common ancestry of all forms of life.

A Very Short Introduction [29] The publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species in brought scientific credibility to evolution, and made it a respectable field of study. Some of the liberal Christian authors of that work expressed support for Darwin, as did many Nonconformists. The Reverend Charles Kingsleyfor instance, openly supported the idea of God working through evolution.

These essays argued for a conciliation between Darwinian evolution and the tenets of theism, at a time when many on both sides perceived the two as mutually exclusive. George Jackson Mivart and John Augustine ZahmRoman Catholics in the United States became accepting of evolution itself while ambivalent towards natural selection and stressing humanity's divinely imbued soul.

However, hardly any of the critics of evolution at that time were as concerned about geology, freely granting scientists any time they needed before the Edenic creation to account for scientific observations, such as fossils and geological findings.

However, some people in parts of the south and west of the United States, which had been influenced by the preachings of Christian fundamentalist evangelicalsrejected the theory as immoral. It was not officially opposed to evolution theory, but its main founder James Reddie objected to Darwin's work as "inharmonious" and "utterly incredible", and Philip Henry Gosseauthor of Omphaloswas a vice-president.

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The institute's membership increased tothen declined sharply. In the s George McCready Price attended and made several presentations of his creationist views, which found little support among the members.

In John Ambrose Fleming was made president; while he insisted on creation of the soul, his acceptance of divinely guided development and of Pre-Adamite humanity meant he was thought of as a theistic evolutionist.

Creation and evolution in public education At the beginning of the 19th century debate had started to develop over applying historical methods to Biblical criticismsuggesting a less literal account of the Bible.

Simultaneously, the developing science of geology indicated the Earth was ancientand religious thinkers sought to accommodate this by day-age creationism or gap creationism.

Neptunianist catastrophismwhich had in the 17th and 18th centuries proposed that a universal flood could explain all geological features, gave way to ideas of geological gradualism introduced in by James Hutton based upon the erosion and depositional cycle over millions of years, which gave a better explanation of the sedimentary column.

Biology and the discovery of extinction first described in the s and put on a firm footing by Georges Cuvier in challenged ideas of a fixed immutable Aristotelian " great chain of being. Emerging differences led some[ according to whom? When most scientists came to accept evolution by aroundEuropean theologians generally came to accept evolution as an instrument of God.

For instance, Pope Leo XIII in office referred to longstanding Christian thought that scriptural interpretations could be reevaluated in the light of new knowledge,[ citation needed ] and Roman Catholics came around to acceptance of human evolution subject to direct creation of the soul.

In the United States the development of the racist Social Darwinian eugenics movement by certain[ which? In Britain this has been attributed to their minority status leading to a more tolerant, less militant theological tradition. In his speech at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences inPope Francis declared that he accepted the Big Bang theory and the theory of evolution and that God was not "a magician with a magic wand".

Those criticising these approaches took the name "fundamentalist"—originally coined by its supporters to describe a specific package of theological beliefs that developed into a movement within the Protestant community of the United States in the early part of the 20th century, and which had its roots in the Fundamentalist—Modernist Controversy of the s and s.

Around the start of the 20th century some evangelical scholars had ideas accommodating evolution, such as B. Warfield who saw it as a natural law expressing God's will. By then most U. The numbers of children receiving secondary education increased rapidly, and parents who had fundamentalist tendencies or who opposed social ideas of what was called " survival of the fittest " had real concerns about what their children were learning about evolution.

The Victoria Institute had the stated objective of defending "the great truths revealed in Holy Scripture A Special Creation and engaged in public speaking and debates with supporters of evolution.

In the late s he resisted American creationists' call for acceptance of flood geologywhich later led to conflict within the organisation.

Despite trying to win the public endorsement of C. Tilney, whose dogmatic and authoritarian style ran the organisation "as a one-man band", rejecting flood geology, unwaveringly promoting gap creationism, and reducing the membership to lethargic inactivity.

By the mids the CSM had formally incorporated flood geology into its "Deed of Trust" which all officers had to sign and condemned gap creationism and day-age creationism as unscriptural. United States legal challenges and their consequences[ edit ] InTennessee passed a statute called the Butler Actwhich prohibited the teaching of the theory of evolution in all schools in the state.

Later that year, a similar law was passed in Mississippiand likewise, Arkansas in Inthese "anti-monkey" laws were struck down by the Supreme Court of the United States as unconstitutional, "because they established a religious doctrine violating both the First and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Butler Act and Scopes monkey trial[ edit ] Main article: In the aftermath of World War Ithe Fundamentalist—Modernist Controversy had brought a surge of opposition to the idea of evolution, and following the campaigning of William Jennings Bryan several states introduced legislation prohibiting the teaching of evolution.

Bysuch legislation was being considered in 15 states, and had passed in some states, such as Tennessee.Nov 21,  · Community discussions and forums for Evolution Debate: Evolution vs. Creation Start a discussion about Evolution Debate.

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Enter Title. Enter Comments. Characters left. Discussions on Evolution Shannan Muskopf October 13, Once your students have a grasp of the concepts of evolution, it may be time to open the classroom up to intelligent and rational discussion about the theory and some of the controversy that surrounds it.

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