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Is it rational to believe in both God & evolution?

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Is it rational to believe in both God & evolution?

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Is it rational to believe in both God & evolution?These polls only allow so many characters in the poll questions so bare with me folks. You probably get the point of what I'm asking. Obviously, I'm not referring to some vaguely defined or a deistic God.Is it rational to believe in the Christian God, which you clearly learned about through the Christian Bible (directly or indirectly), even though the Christian Bible is littered with inaccuracies, contradictions and outright evil? Is it rational to believe this deity created the universe complete with all the evidence purposely designed to trick His children into believing he doesn't exist?Results (total votes = 4):Yes&nbsp0 / 0.0%&nbspNo&nbsp4 / 100.0%&nbsp Maybe&nbsp0 / 0.0%&nbsp
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The whole position of evolution negates the necessity of a creator being and is rather contradictory, it does not prove that there wasn't one but it does show one was not needed. Every ancient scripture had to reconcile these facts to maintain belief in their creation myths. This is very telling because it shows the inherent divinity (none) of their sources. If their religious sources are in err, and not trustworthy on any level than what are they truly worshiping? My conclusion is simply a bunch of stories made up by ancient and ignorant peoples, which has no bearing on modern life. Basically evolution punches holes in the foundation of most religions.And in order to believe in both a person must believe in contradicting forces, this is not rational. Like Mr. P said it could be rationalized (with effort) but the whole process shows the flaws of the mythical belief and how irrational it was from the start. Later Edited by: Frank 013 at: 3/26/07 12:04 pm
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The only way it can be shown to be rational to believe in both is by totally reinterpreting the Xtian myths to fit the science. And if you have to do that...well...whats the point.It is obvious that any old religion is an attempt to explain the world and the human condition at the time it was written. The fact that there is NO mention of discoveries made by science and more progressive thought after the writings speaks to this. Instead of constantly re-writing the scriptures to fit the modern world...maybe we should put those scriptures in a glass case and look back on them as something we created on the way to gaining knowledge about our world...and move on.Mr. P. I'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - Asana Boditharta (former booktalk troll)The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.What is all this shit about Angels? Have you heard this? 3 out of 4 people believe in Angels. Are you F****** STUPID? Has everybody lost their mind? - George CarlinI came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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I was giving this topic some more thought and was talking with my wife about the subject. From our discussion it seems to me that many people are ignorant of evolution, the bible or both and have never considered the overall effect that the reality of evolution would have on their religious myths.Furthermore many people simply accept any theory in an attempt to reconcile the two beliefs that is offered by the church, no matter how far a stretch the idea might be. Since these people are not even aware of the contradictions the two beliefs generate, they are free to believe both without the burden of contradiction and therefore do not feel as though they have made an irrational decision. Later
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That sums up the attitude I am so against. People just want to be placated and go about thier business. This is why religious thinking is so dangerous to me: it makes people content with crap.Even Gould pissed me off with his NOMA crap. Everything overlaps. And when one of those things are based on speculations on obviously made up things, the overlap can be quite a concern for living in the real world.Mr. P. I'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - Asana Boditharta (former booktalk troll)The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.What is all this shit about Angels? Have you heard this? 3 out of 4 people believe in Angels. Are you F****** STUPID? Has everybody lost their mind? - George CarlinI came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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I think that a belief, (especially one that a person is going to base their life off of) should be backed up with some thought and not just because someone said that is the way it is. But far to many people simply accept the lazy way out. Later
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That raises an interesting point. I spent most of the first 30 years of my life as a believing Christian. I even studied at a theological seminary for one year while preparing to enter the minstery. So I have a passing familiarity with Christian dogma, at least the Methodist version of it, and the Christian Bible. During the last several decades I have spent time trying to learn what science has to say about evolution and a variety of other subjects. Based on the best information I have today, I don't think one can rationally believe in the Christian "God" and also think evolutionary theory is valid. A "God" who used such a wasteful, inefficient - from a design standpoint - method as evolution would scarcely be worthy of the label "divine." I think the most one can say is that, while it certainly doesn't say no god is possible, evolution makes the Christian version of the god hypothesis highly improbable. The few scientists I have heard argue otherwise seem to be engaged in either a type of special pleading or simply arguing that "well, it's not impossible."However, Frank's point is a good one. Is a belief irrational to the person who holds it if that person has no basis on which to regard it as irrational? When I was a practicing Christian I thought my beliefs, for the most part, were perfectly rational. That's one of the difficulties we have in discussing such issues, isn't it? Most people think they are being rational most of the time. It's the person on the other side of the argument who is being an arrogant, unreasonable twit. At least, that's where we often wind up.Lest anyone mistake my meaning, this is not an endorsement of solipsism or any sort of "anything goes" approach. I do think there are standards we must apply in any discussion, and I think there is a real world that exists outside our varied perceptions of it. But I also think we must be careful about making arbitrary assertions about what is "real" and what is not without taking a good bit of care to be sure all parties to the discussion are talking about the same thing. George "Godlessness is not about denying the existence of nonsensical beings. It is the starting point for living life without them."Godless in America by George A. Ricker
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Halfway through I was thinking of the solipsism turn you were taking...but then you set me back on course.But how DO we figure out what we are all talking about, when you have the study of natural systems using natural and accessible means on one hand, and dogma, superstition and myth on the other?WHERE can a possible middle ground be? I understand about walking in the other persons shoes, but come on now...there are obviously positions that deserve the scrutiny of our more rational minds.It is a belabored argument about gods and teacups...but those arguments are valid...yet they are usually swept under the rug by those who would believe in gods.Mr. P. I'm not saying it's usual for people to do those things but I(with the permission of God) have raised a dog from the dead and healed many people from all sorts of ailments. - Asana Boditharta (former booktalk troll)The one thing of which I am positive is that there is much of which to be negative - Mr. P.What is all this shit about Angels? Have you heard this? 3 out of 4 people believe in Angels. Are you F****** STUPID? Has everybody lost their mind? - George CarlinI came to kick ass and chew Bubble Gum...and I am all out of Bubble Gum - They Live, Roddy Piper
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Garicker,You said. "However, Frank's point is a good one. Is a belief irrational to the person who holds it if that person has no basis on which to regard it as irrational? When I was a practicing Christian I thought my beliefs, for the most part, were perfectly rational." When discussing what delusion is, I think a couple of things jump out as common denominators. 1. When someone is bio-chemically delusive, as in schizophrenic, or from too much maui-wowie, or 2. a delusion is a strongly held belief, which cannot be true in the face of science, i.e., someone is beaten and suffocated to death then comes back to life. He is provably dead--for three days, then gets up and meets his gang for lunch; that would be a delusion.Dawkins has been careful to include his ideas that he is not saying that there is NOT much mystery, which is, completely, incomprehensible, and perhaps will not in our lifetimes, or ever, be comprehensible, in our 'universe,' either way you go Macro or Micro.' I think regarding, any, science, as Dogma is just unscientific, LOL, and he said something to that effect, too, no?Also,...I think that it is important to remember that even a single cell orgnism which is relatively simple compared to say a human (collection of millions of cells working together on an amazing level of organization, much, of which we have yet to comprehend) does not mean that, that, small 'creature' is not also highly organized and complex on a chemical level. So, figuring out what makes my heart continue to beat, and, trying to be a good person in a stressed out often 'crazy world are two different things--well, at least two! But, I do, believe, that I do not have to be part of a (both organized and congregating) group of people to inherently understand what being good entails. I think unless you are retarded or mentally ill, you can pretty easily understand that treating yourself and others well is not just a worthy (although difficult for some) goal, but that (what should be the anachronisitic behaviors) harming and controlling, war like actions belonging more to beasts than thinking humans, have no place in the healthy (therefore productive, efficient) evolution of our species, which would include not destroying our planet,..duh. And it is not just in the churchs that people follow blindly and often are, not at all, informed on the real nature of their held beliefs! LOL!
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Quote:Mr. PIt is a belabored argument about gods and teacups...but those arguments are valid...yet they are usually swept under the rug by those who would believe in gods.There lies the problem, because even though we address the religious arguments they refuse to address ours, crying fowl anytime we have a point and claiming that science does not have authority over the realm of god.In short they never even consider our side of the argument, because they can hide behind their veil of mythical thought.With this mindset nothing is impossible or irrational.Later
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