Similarities Between Theory Of Evolution And Creationism: Charles Darwin

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Charles Muhoro
Ms. French
World History
4 March 2016
Theory of Evolution VS Creationism: Charles Darwin
Everyone wants to know how life on this earth we live in came to be. Did all living things evolve from single celled organisms billions of years ago or were we created by an omnipotent being 6,000 years ago. There have been many debates about the subject and in 2014 there was a public debate between William Sanford, better known as Bill Nye, and Ken Ham. Bill Nye is a science educator and was obviously defending evolution and Ken Ham, an earth creationist, was arguing the creation of the world by God. It was a long 140-minute debate and both made very good points but the clear winner that night was Bill Nye. He had much more evidence and
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During his time Charles Darwin was opposed by many scientists who did not agree with his discoveries. For example, Virchow, the German doctor and writer, did not like it. He said, “The idea that man had descended from apes was an attack on society’s moral foundations.” (“Charles Darwin). He publicly expressed his view and said that teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution should not be allowed to be taught in schools in Germany. His theory about natural selection was even less accepted. In looking at the speed with which natural selection pressed evolutionary change, he was influenced heavily by Charles Lyell’s advocating of gradualism: “Natural selection acts solely by accumulating slight successive favorable variations, it can produce no great or sudden modification; it can only by very short steps.” (“Charles Darwin”). It was only 1930, after The Genitical Theory of Natural Selection was produced, that Darwin’s work on natural selection selection became widely accepted by…show more content…
Intelligent design, “refers to a scientific research program as well as a community of scientists, philosophers and other scholars who seek evidence of design in nature.” (” What is intelligent design”). This means there are groups of scientists and philosophers who have grouped together and are looking for things in the universe that can be explained by intelligent cause, and not a different route such as natural selection. One of the important people behind this discovery of intelligent design was Michael Behe. He is an intelligent design advocate. He is a professor at Leigh University, and he teaches biochemistry. He argued that Darwin’s theory of evolution was not totally correct. He argued that there were creatures that were too complex to have evolved into what they were now. He called this Irreducible complexity. Irreducible complexity is the idea that some biological structures were too complex to have evolved from natural selection. This provided proof of some sort of “Designer”. He used an example of a mousetrap. A mousetrap has five parts: spring, hammer, hold down bar, platform, and a catch. He, Mr. Behe, argued that without any of these five parts within the mousetrap, it would fail to function. He said that there were biological structures in this world that were like the mousetrap. That needed all the specific parts, in all the specific places for the structure to work. And this could have possibly
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