People want to fight about any old topic pertaining to religion. Me? I’ll just sit here and play with my toy dinosaurs, thank you very much.
The problem with debating religious concepts and scientific ones is that there’s always room for God in the margins of science. Granted, when I see debates of this nature, I don’t really hear very good arguments for God (sorry, believers, your PR people aren’t very convincing) but that doesn’t mean better arguments for the man upstairs don’t exist. Now, I’m certainly not a believer, but I can’t say I’ve ever understood how evolution disproves God or vice versa. I know it’s not really the goal of the greater scientific community to disprove anything of a religious nature, but that doesn’t stop laypeople on both sides of the fence from arguing about it.
Let’s set the record straight here. The Bible, supposedly the infallible word of God himself, tells us directly that this is a deity who enjoys his time off, and who can blame him? Right off the bat, he creates a seven day week and takes one of those days off. In the days of Abraham, he’s all up in everyone’s business, then he seems to just forget about the Isrealites in Egypt for what appears to be a good number of years before coming back to dole out the harshness on Pharaoh. What I’m saying is that, as the story goes on Yahweh seems to be less and less interested in managing every little aspect of life on Earth.
Sooner or later you want to just enjoy having made something. You want to just kick back and relax on a beach of your own design somewhere, sip a rum and coke, and get a nice tan.
It’s obvious God just gave up around the time of New Testament. Things weren’t looking too hot for people and he can’t even be bothered to show up himself, so he just sends his son. Even Jesus, all gung-ho at first and ready to shake up the system seems to just get tired of all the nonsense. I mean, he tells people he’ll be back to set everything right and where has he been for the last two thousand years? Probably also on a beach somewhere hanging out with his old man.
Like Father like Son.
So the questions aren’t, “Why God if evolution exists?” or “Why evolution when God manages everything?”. The question is, “If you’re a deity of some sort or another, why not create a system to manage everything?” Sure, evolution isn’t a perfect system, we’re not gods and we could do this stuff better and more efficiently, but it gets the job done and it doesn’t require additional attention. As we move further into developing advanced robots and genetic engineering, we are mirroring some of the characteristics of evolution for designing our own creations because it’s a damn cool system when it comes down to it. It made us, after all!
The best part is that it doesn’t even have to be a religious debate. We know it happens and it doesn’t mean that your God or beliefs have to be threatened. It just is, however it came about, and it’s beautiful and amazing and we should take a moment to appreciate what it’s done on this planet.
If there is a God, I’m sure the whole thing is his pride and joy. He’s probably smiling to himself somewhere in the universe as he munches on a delicious pirogi created by his creations.
He probably didn’t even have to heat it himself.