Does the theory of evolution go against the teachings of Christianity?

Asked by: STMAknight92
  • Is that a bad thing?

    Every major religion has risen and fallen. From Ancient Greece, to many pagan religions, to the ancient Egyptian religions. I think perhaps that proof against religion will cause the fall of the last major religions, and then we can finally become a reasonable race. I think that evolution is very much real, and is much more realistic than creationism.

  • I had a Christian friend once

    He would NOT stfu about how the theory of evolution goes against the the teachings of Christianity. He would follow me to biology class and scream into my ear, "THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION GOES AGAINST THE THE TEACHINGS OF CHRISTIANITY," which was super annoying to me. I could only reply, "Okay, I get it. The theory of evolution goes against the the teachings of Christianity. Now would you please shut up for a minute so I can take this test?" He would then come back with, "ONLY IF YOU ACCEPT THAT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION GOES AGAINST THE THE TEACHINGS OF CHRISTIANITY!" And I would reply, "I JUST SAID that the theory of evolution goes against the the teachings of Christianity!!! Now would you PLEASE. LET ME TAKE THIS FRIGGIN' TEST?"

    The point is that my Christian friend said so, so it's probably true: the theory of evolution does, in fact, go against the the teachings of Christianity. I rest my case.

  • The evolution of mankind theory is not of God

    Every word written in the Holy Bible is inspired and author by God. And it is written, God made man with dust from the earth and he blew the breath of life in him to live. The evolution theory is not inspired by God. And it completely contradicts how God describes how he created man. The evolution theory was clearly authored by the devil to cause people to disbelieve God's word and go to hell. That's where the devil is at and he would like you to join him.

  • Yes of course.

    Christianity may say that they believe in evolution, but that depends on who you talk to. The Catholics, at least the sane ones, believe in evolution. The big problem is the creationist sect of Christianity, who base all of their beliefs on a book that was written by people who were dumber than the average 16-year old.

  • The Bible says so

    The Bible says God created us in His image so why would we need to evolutionize The Bible says that we have been made out of dust. What else is there to it? Have we\me proved our\my point yet? BOOM! God made us so there is no need for evolution!

  • If you take a literal interpretation of genesis. Then yes.

    While there are many Christians who support evolution, the biblical genesis account directly contradicts humans coming out of nothing, and being fully formed in there current state. And it makes no mention of us coming from earlier primates, rather that we are unique from the rest of the animal kingdom. Which is absurd, but don't forget, the old testament was written by desert people thousands of years ago.

  • Yes It Does

    The theory of evolution says that humans evolved from mammals, but in the bible God placed Adam and Eve on earth and they are what started the human race. They clearly contradict one another, so there is not way of saying that they can co-exist in the eyes of a believer or a non-believer.

  • Evolution requires death before man.

    Evolution requires death to occur before man arose through a gradual process of natural selection. Christianity teaches that man brought death into the world through sin. That is the reason Jesus Christ died on the cross, to provide salvation from sin, and death. This is the fundamental core of Christianity.

  • No, evolution does not go against Christianity

    There is nothing in Christian teachings that says we should reject scientific theories. In fact, even the Bible points to evolution; while people seem to assume that God just put animals on the Earth, the Bible actually says, "Let the land produce living creatures," showing that animals were actually 'created' by the earth. Also, the Bible explains that marine life came before land animals, supporting the theory that life first began underwater!!

  • Evolution does not dismantle Christianity

    Now, I am a Christian. And I believe in Evolution, the Big Bang theory, Basic physics of the Universe, and the possibility of Extraterrestrials. Why? Because it doesn't really go against religion at all. The whole Adam and Eve thing could be an event that happened over the course of millions of years, we don't know. Besides, most Christians have accepted evolution theory anyway. Not all of us are heavy creationism fanatics, respect to those who do believe in it though, and many of us don't associate it with religion at all. It's just another fact to life, not a whole big religious science conflict thing. So...No, I don't think Darwin would think this ever to be associated with religion.

    Posted by: O.Z
  • Not it doesn't.

    Evolution as scientific theory has absolutely nothing to do with Christian teaching. People will twist anything to support their worldview. If evolution goes against Christianity, then Francis Collins and many other biologists who are theists (Ken Miller, Asa Gray etc) must be mad. Now you can call them mad if you want, but I don't think that'll get you very far.

  • They are compatible

    Whether or not creationism or evolution is true, the two ideas neither include nor exclude each other. Evolution claims to explain the origin of animal life and humankind, and accounts for the data; the fossil record. Creationism claims to answer the question of how the cosmos and the Earth came into existence. The idea that God created the cosmos, Earth and human race and the evolutionary process happened with divine assistance is compatible.

  • There are misunderstandings from both sides of the opinion.

    In order to answer this question the individual needs to understand both creationism and evolutionism is and what they are not thoroughly. Creationism (theist or atheist point of view regardless) covers a lot more topics theology, science its based on experimentation, facts and is easier to understand. Evolution as a whole is a bit more difficult to understand (theist or atheist point of view regardless) based on ideas, convoluted facts, assumptions, it own experiments are contributions for creationism. Natural selection (the basis of the theory of evolution) does not contradict creationism (orthodox creationism, which is reading the bible literally). Every theologian, Creationist (orthodox), Creation Biologist know that sin (death) entered the world after the creation was made. Natural Selection (not abiogenesis) is only the explanation of what happened when death entered the world, animals eating each other, competition for resources, partial to complete elimination of variation fauna and flora. In fact Natural selection is the reason why God gave Moses the commandments to maintain order in an imperfect (disordered environment) .Remember: a pre-fall world (before there was sin or death) everything was made perfect, no death, no competition for resources, humans lived more extensively. "Perfect Environment" as technology advances this environment can be imitated which a very interesting topic.In general evolution (natural selection) does not contradict Christian teachings or any religion, it explains the reality of a sinful world. As for TIME evolution could have happened very fast as research points that out (human genome project, geno-graphic project, genomics etc. The geologic column is not time dependent.... Do your own research. Indoctrination is causing a lot damage, as for me my point is that the topic is subjective the individuals interpretation.

  • There are almost as many teachings of Christianity as there are churches

    The Headline says it for me.
    Since I need fifty words to have an opinion, I'll elaborate:

    As someone else pointed out, even among Baptists there are literalists and those more open to interpreting the Bible as a living document.

    While certainly evolution goes against a literal interpretation of 7 days, 5000 or so years ago, those are NOT the only teachings of Christianity. As someone raised in the Catholic tradition, I'd be quite shocked if I can't find an evolution believer for every evolution denouncer. [I tried to find a word stronger than critic or skeptic, which don't refute the whole theory, but without the baggage of "denier."]

  • God Made Evolution

    The way that I see it, the theory of evolution makes complete sense, but that doesn't mean that Creationism cannot also be true. Why couldn't God have made a world where evolution occurs? I do not believe that all life came from nothing, or that all life-forms are created. But that doesn't mean that species cannot diverge into separate species, like those of monkeys or something like that. Similarly I think that many facts or pieces of information that scientists try to use as proof that the Earth couldn't have been created by a God do not truly contradict creationism. For instance, thing like the ages of rocks and minerals. It doesn't make any sense that if God created a planet that he would make it actually brand new. If he did, in a way that the planet just started as a mass of chemicals, then it would take thousands or millions of years for it to be suitable for life. I won't contradict that. But, if God made a planet so that animals, and people could live on it right away, he would have to make it so that it was a fully formed and mature planet. So for this reason, at the very start of time, there would have to be rocks, minerals, and all kinds of everything that would range in apparent age from brand new, to thousands or millions of years old. Because of this, the Earth appears to be millions of years old as claimed by scientists, but that is because it was formed in manner that would be very old at the very beginning. Similarly to rocks/minerals would be just about everything else that would be on the earth and in the universe. The world would not work if there were not fully mature animals, plants, and things like mountains, ice and other such things when it was created. Also, why does the fact that stars are millions and millions of light-years away from the Earth mean that the Earth has to have been here for millions of years for the light to reach us? If God created the universe it makes more sense to me that he would also create all of the stars and planets, and astronomical objects fully mature as well, and that the light from these things would be reaching the Earth form the very beginning. My final thought is that, maybe what we see as evidence as the Big Bang, is simply the origin of where God started to create everything on the first day. I doubt I explained my thoughts very well in this, but that is my view. One last thing, if God created the universe and all of the laws of physics and science and nature, wouldn't he make them in a way that they followed those laws?
    This is why I do not see the idea of evolution as contradictory to creationism.

  • Christianity IS Evolution

    Or perhaps I should say human spirituality is evolution, of which Christianity is an overwhelmingly significant component. Sure, human beings have mis-interpreted it and misused it in many ways over our history, but at its heart - in the message of Christ as delivered in the Gospels, free from the self serving interpretations and explanations of organized religion, is revolutionary in its impact on man's moral code, his spiritual nature and therefore, his evolution.

    Consider that what differentiates man from lower animals is his ability to reason, an evolutionary development quite different than the more physical attributes of opposing thumbs or the lack of a tail in that it is not a physical feature or characteristic - reason does not look like anything specific, but we do observe its results in human behavior.

    Well, does evolution stop now that we reason? Of course not, it continues - and what comes next? Every indication is that it will not be nearly as physical as it will be behavioral and centered on our intellect, which is our most unique and differentiating feature - we don't need to develop tougher skin to cope with climate change - our intellect and reason will solve that for us, so it is very likely that the next step in human evolution will look, physically at any rate, very much like us - the evolutionary step will be in whatever follows reason - and based upon human behavior over recorded history that step will be spiritual.

    OK - so if our next evolutionary step moves from reason to spirit - what conflict is there with Christianity? Well really, none. I am sure Christ wouldn't have too many objections - he wants us to act as much like him as we can - and remember that his world (and point of reference) is elsewhere - beyond the material and incidentally, the empirical - (hence all of the rending of hair and the gnashing of teeth that we observe from our scientific friends).

    Now I can already hear the Gospel thumpers rending their own hair and gnashing their teeth, but my position is that much of what they defend and protect is merely organized religion - a human construct and every bit as fallible as human beings. And what of the Buddhists and the Muslims and the Hindus, etc?...Have you ever noticed how many features of these faiths hold to common values and behavior? They do so to a truly remarkable extent - which indicates that perhaps there is a set of crucial behaviors tied to spiritual man that remain unaffected by the material trappings of human worship.

    The commonalities of all these faiths are the true binding agents for the next step in human evolution, and the next step of man may be Homo Sapiens Spiritus, a creature that will be spiritually motivated and more civilized and more moral in its behavior than its predecessor - a step worthy of evolution, and therefore a manifestation of God's will.

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Quan says2013-06-10T14:24:28.803
It goes against the literal interpretation of the Bible, not the morals behind the stories. It is those who cling to the literal interpretations who miss the point and tend to go against the true teachings of Christianity.