I know my input here is somewhat late (I'm new to this forum.), but I would like to respectfully inquire as to why creationism and evolution are mutually exclusive.
Legatus Christo, I tried to click your evidence, but the message said that the content cannot be found.
Constable Mimetes, I have read the evidence you have provided, and I'm quite convinced that the author does not understand a few basic tenets of evolution, especially in his subheading "If It Looks Like a Duck, It Must Have Descended from a Duck." Reed claims that natural selection is not a valid principle because humans have already, I would say, artificially selected preferable traits in beings and objects, whether it be for domesticated animals or automobiles, but it appears that he does not understand the principle of genetics, particularly genetic mutations. I don't claim to be a geneticist, but I understand that a simple mutation in a single gene can have monumental impacts on a species, especially if the environment is favorable for the individual animal.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey contains the example of the polar bear, which was originally the result of a genetic mutation in the brown bear species. Since its white fur allowed it to have a suitable camouflage in polar climates, its offspring was naturally selected by their environment to survive, while the brown bears died off. Evolution does not happen on an individual level, but throughout generations of a species. As a result, there is a stark difference between artificial and natural selection; both ideas are plausible and applicable.
With all due respect, I don't think it's enough to include evidence from people who are not scientists or are not exceedingly knowledgeable in the field, much less someone like Fred Reed. I have a friend who is majoring in biology, minoring in chemistry, is a Christian, and gives much credence to evolution. If we as Christians want to make our writing scientifically accurate with biblical undertones, it would be more reasonable to employ the current pope's stance on evolution and creationism, even as controversial as his beliefs may be. He believes that God is the Creator of the universe and that he oversees the natural processes in life, including evolution. It would be wise to reevaluate our sources, even for the sake of fiction--especially for the sake of science fiction.
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