Darwinism Vs Religion

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Introduction:

Charles Darwin's revolutionary theory has changed the way we see society, ethics and religion. It has cause multiple problems within religion. What Darwin directly challenged was the view that God had originally created all species of plant and animal life, just as they exist today.

The ongoing debate about the most valid perception of the world's origins has troubled both the scientific and religious communities, causing, in many cases, intense conflicts and misconceptions. The goal of the current academic essay is to investigate the compatibility between the scientific theory of evolution and the christian beliefs about the origin of human kind. I will also research the philosophical foundations of Christianity and Darwinism
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A frequently used argument, especially by scientists who believe in god is that religion and science are two completely separate fields of knowledge and therefore there is no rising conflict between them.On the one hand, religion is about faith and provides a legit moral system for people to follow.Religion is about the spirituality of people and ethics.On the other hand, science is a system of empirical facts and data having to do with the understanding of the physical world.

Stephen Jay Gould has advocated the non-overlapping magisteria theory according to which science and religion represent different nets of the same inquiry. Science represents facts and religion represents values. Each has a specific domain of teaching authority without affecting the other.1Richard Dawkins has criticized Gould's position on the grounds that religion is not and cannot be divorced from scientific matters or the material world. He writes, "it is completely unrealistic to claim, as Gould and many others do, that religion keeps itself away from science's turf, restricting itself to morals and values. A universe with a supernatural presence would be a fundamentally and qualitatively different kind of universe from one without. The difference is, inescapably, a scientific difference. Religions make existence claims, and this means scientific claims."Gould's and theists who believe in evolution arguement could be pragmatical,
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Darwin's Theory of Evolution is a slow gradual process. Darwin wrote, "…Natural selection acts only by taking advantage of slight successive variations; she can never take a great and sudden leap, but must advance by short and sure, though slow steps."3 Evolution by natural selection is one of the best substantiated theories in the history of science, supported by evidence from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including paleontology, geology, genetics and developmental biology. Briefly, according to the evolution theory, all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce. The central idea is that all forms of life on earth share a common ancestor. Through the process of modification based on random combinations, the huge diversity of life forms arises. Humans and whales, rabbits and lemon trees share the same ancestor and exist due to random
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