I don’t believe in evolution is just about the most absurd statement anyone could ever make. I’m going to jump out of a plane without a parachute because gravity is just a theory would be a more alarming statement not in regards to the level of delusion but only because of safety concerns. If you’ve seen a Scottish terrier and an English bulldog and don’t believe these different breeds of dogs are an illusion or a conspiracy, you believe in evolution. Different breeds of dogs with strikingly different characteristics prove without any doubt that certain variations within the species can be promoted through reproduction. If you believe this to be true, you believe in evolution. The ability to promote certain characteristics of plants and animals through reproduction is the very foundation of evolution and is a proven scientific fact.
What about micro vs. macro evolution? If someone wants to make an argument against macro evolution, they should be specific as once again to make a blanket statement to not believe in evolution at all period is irrational. But what is micro and macro? Macro evolution is simply evolution on a large scale. Micro evolution is simply evolution on a small scale. Unless someone is confused, crazy or stupid, they must believe in micro evolution as the evidence is all around us. Most of the food we eat has been modified by the basic evolutionary mechanics described previously; the ability to promote certain characteristics within a species through reproduction. And once anyone accepts the reality of micro evolution, they accept the reality of macro evolution. Evolution on a large scale is only possible through evolution on a small scale. Evolution on a small scale is only possible through evolution on a microscopic scale.
If you accept the reality that a bird can fly a short distance, to extend that knowledge to the reality that a bird can fly a long distance is simple. If you accept the reality that the mechanics of evolution allow for a severe separation of dog breeds from a Chihuahua to a Bullmastiff, to extend that knowledge to the reality that continued separation of these breeds will lead to a point and time where they can no longer biologically mate with each other and therefore be classified as separate species is simple. Micro evolution leads to Macro evolution.
What about a belief that evolution has been guided by a higher power? What about a belief that a higher intelligence created the first living organism from which all other things evolved? The purpose of this article is not to demonstrate that the influence of anything supernatural is impossible. The intention is not to dismiss anyone’s spiritual beliefs, but any contemplated possibility of supernaturalism must allow for reality in order to have any kind of intelligent and rational discussion. Evolution is reality. Mankind evolving from other animals is reality. If there is some kind of higher intelligence that can be called god, it cannot be a conflict to evolution; it can only be somehow integrated with what we know to be truth through science and reason.
James Kirk Wall
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