Why does the battle between Creationism and Evolution still exist in 2016?
Did life on Earth evolve over millions of year, or was it created by the hands of God?
Earlier this week, a Headteacher was mocked after posting the following tweet on Twitter:
“Evolution is not a fact. That’s why it’s called a theory! There’s more evidence that the Bible is true.”
Her comments were met with criticism as people called her to resign on Twitter. She later stated that the tweet she posted was a private message and “a personal opinion”.
Evolutionary biologist Prof Richard Dawkins said that the Headteacher was misusing the word ‘theory’ and said:
“Scientists call evolution a theory only in a special scientists’ sense, which is NOT the same as the layman’s ‘tentative hypothesis’,”.
With the Creationists so adamant that the Earth and everything in it was created in 6 days 6000 years ago, it’s hard to tell when evolution will be widely accepted amongst everyone. In 2014, the UK banned the teachings of creationism theory in free schools as an alternative to evolution.
The question of life’s origins has been at heart of countless debates for over a century. Creationists and scientist have been battling each other since Darwin published his infamous work the Origin of Species in 1859. The book which introduced the idea that life is all connected and roots back to small single-celled organisms alive billions of years ago. Before this, the general consensus was that God had created man and that the Book of Genesis is an accurate account of creation. The Origin of Species created a divide amongst society, separating the scientists and Creationists.
Not all creationists believe that God simply put man on Earth, along with every other species. Instead, there are the believers in intelligent design; which agree that evolution might occur, but a deity started the process.
In today’s world, it is widely accepted that life is not the creation of God, but originated from tiny single-celled organisms billions of years ago. The science behind the theory of evolution is overwhelming. Geological and biological discoveries over the past century have allowed scientists to put the pieces together and help understand just how life might have come into existence. From old meteorite evidence, the Earth has been dated to 4.54 billion years old. The oldest evidence for life, interpreted as fossilized bacteria, dates back to 3 billion years. This mean that life has had 3 billion years to evolve into what it is today.
Do you think the debate between evolution and creationism should still exist?.