After my close friend married an extreme right-wing conservative, my friend (who coincidentally holds a science degree) suddenly stopped believing in Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. I thought this was strange though not coincidental. One night, I casually questioned her and her husband as to how they could dispute scientific evidence in favor of scripture. My curiously was piqued by their hard stance on the theory of evolution being “questionable”. I argued, but what about carbon dating on fossils, on bones? Surely carbon dating cannot be denied as truth. “No, no,” they insisted, “we still believe God made man and then made woman out of man’s rib.” I was perplexed by their answers.
“If what you say is true, then how come there is scientific evidence that disproves your theory?” I asked trying to hold my stance as they answered with dual confidence.
“Perhaps he planted those fossils there, to test our faith,” her husband replied. Oh, he planted this scientific evidence there to test your faith? Well, why didn’t you say so! That makes sense….
Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions, so here is mine: I find it very irritating when people denounce Darwin’s Theory of Evolution in favor of scripture for two reasons. For one, as a writer, I feel like they are taking the scripture too literally. That man was made than woman was made from man’s rib? Many of the things in the Bible may be incorrect chronologically because back then there weren’t any scientific terms to explain how we got here. Back then people didn’t even know that the Earth was round, therefore some of those stories may be inaccurate by no fault of the writer’s. As modern day people, we must be able to interpret these discrepancies for ourselves. I grew up Catholic, and when I did go to church and Sunday school while learning scientific theory in conjunction as part of my public education, even then I realized that perhaps the Bible and science worked better as companion pieces rather than taking one verbatim over the other. The Bible to me served as a tool for how to treat people rather than a guide book as to how we got here. Leave that up to the scientists, who have the resources to study evolutionary theory, and who also overwhelmingly believe in a higher power themselves.
The top reason that it irritates me beyond belief when people dispute scientific fact is because we live in a crazy world, face it, life is completely unpredictable, and science is an art; an art that neatly attempts to categorize and sort functions and facts into understandable units, into theories and equations that have been proven again and again time after time. This is true much of the time, there was even a time when we thought the atom was the smallest unit of matter. In retrospect, learning that there was more depth to even a tiny atom did not entirely disprove what we knew up to that point about atoms, instead it built upon our knowledge.
Science is the only thing we know for sure, it is a solid art; with theories we can count on in this very unpredictable world. So let’s not deny years of scientific research and findings when science could very possibly be one of the few things we know for sure.