A Thought that will undoubtably cause trolling...
by, 19-12-2010 at 12:42 AM (1316 Views)
Today while I was driving, I had a thought. A particularly deep thought which is strange for me. Most of my driving thoughts are more along the line of 'Ever Heard of A Turn Signal?', 'Deep Purple is a Stupid Name for A Band', and 'I wonder if I'm Finally Going to Kill That Stupid Dwarf'. Anyways...
I realized something, the problem with the creationism vs. evolution debate is not a science vs. religion debate. It's actually a completely religious debate, one that Christianity takes up every few years. This time instead of targeting each other it comes down to targeting someone who could care less.
Creationism vs. Evolution is actually a debate about Predestination and Free Will. Creationism is the template of the predestination argument, and evolution is the free will argument.
Predestination is the name for philosophy that everything is due to some grand Xanatos Gambit by some supreme being. If you call it God's Will, Fate, Destiny, or whatnot, it all comes down to the fact that everything is already planned and will happen regardless, a person is just a player in a grand stage with all the dialogue pre-written with no improvisation.
Free Will on the other hand is the opposite, it is that NOTHING is pre-determined. Everything that happens is due to the choices that people make, not because of some grand scheme by a big guy with a white beard. Every moment in time is unique and built upon that which happened before it, influencing what will happen, but not defining it.
That is where the problem is. Predestination is a problem even amongst organized religions. The root of all christian religions is the choice to accept the religion, but how often when something bad happens it is because of 'God's Will'. Creationism itself is problematic to the religious. It implies rather heavy-handily that there is no such thing as that choice. It was all decided before hand. Evolution on the other hand is the exact opposite, it is the purity of choice, without any moral or religious implications, which makes it even more dangerous to those who put their faith in fate.
The problem is that so many people on both sides of the issue do not realize is that this is the true debate, not over if humans came from monkeys. If you met a person who believes in free will AND creationism, they are probably confused and jumping on a bandwagon. Pity the person, and explain that those two ideas are actually diametrically opposed. On the other side of the issue, Evolution can be used for BOTH sides of the real debate, choice of mates causing gradual changes, or that the mates were pre-determined and thus evolution IS the grand plan of the universe ie God.
That's my view on that matter. Free Will or Predestination. Know your religion if it teaches both sides of the issue, well, then look for other inconsistencies.