What Does That Mean?

The thing I hate most about being an evolutionist, is having to explain it every. time. i. say. the. word.
"Hm? Oh, I'm an evolutionist." "What's that?"  "It means I don't believe god made us. We evolved from micro-organisms." "So... you don't believe in god?"  "No." "WHA-?!"

so annoying.... (>_

seacibuddy seacibuddy
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2 Responses Feb 10, 2010

A View of Life states: “Beginning at the base of the Cambrian period and extending for about 10 million years, all the major groups of skeletonized invertebrates made their first appearance in the most spectacular rise in diversity ever recorded on our planet.”—(California, 1981), Salvador E. Luria, Stephen Jay Gould, Sam Singer, p. 649.
Paleontologist Alfred Romer wrote: “Below this [Cambrian period], there are vast thicknesses of sediments in which the progenitors of the Cambrian forms would be expected. But we do not find them; these older beds are almost barren of evidence of life, and the general picture could reasonably be said to be consistent with the idea of a special creation at the beginning of Cambrian times.”—Natural History, October 1959, p. 467.
Zoologist Harold Coffin states: “If progressive evolution from simple to complex is correct, the ancestors of these full-blown living creatures in the Cambrian should be found; but they have not been found and scientists admit there is little prospect of their ever being found. On the basis of the facts alone, on the basis of what is actually found in the earth, the theory of a sudden creative act in which the major forms of life were established fits best.”—Liberty, September/October 1975, p. 12.
Carl Sagan, in his book Cosmos, candidly acknowledged: “The fossil evidence could be consistent with the idea of a Great Designer.”—(New York, 1980), p. 29.

You realize the fossil record will of course have unconformities due to erosion. Besides, we have genetic and fossil evidence that creatures existed before the Cambrian explosion. It was just after the diversion if plants and animals that life really got started.

I too was taught this in school. The biggest question that I came to have was, why if evolution is a theory is it taught as fact?
Another confusing point concerning evolution and survival of the fittest was if man evolved from simpler life and then to an ape like creature to an ape man and then finally to a man, how come the apes and men are still here but the apeman is only the stuff of supposed fossil findings?

Because we didn't evolve /from/ the apes, at some point long back in our ancestral heritage we shared a common ancestor - a being between the human branch and ape branc we know today. A mutation caused a deviation or a branch of this ancestors successors (grandchildren or so) gained some knowledge that allowed them to devlope further and thrive better than the other branch of successors from this common ancestor. from this ancient grandaddy came both modern humans and moderns apes; but one line obviously was able to further itself and refine into humans and the other was deprived his evolutionary advantage and thus has not evolved as we were able to.

The bible states that God created everything " according to its kind" and many a fossil record shows of supports a sudden appearance of creatures such as fish , vs fossils that show a gradual development of any particular species .

"Kind" is a meaningless term with no clear defenition, that is why Linnaeus categorized animals with a specific taxonomy. We don't use "kind" because it leaves room for a goalpost shifting fallacy to occur. Use domain, kingdom, phylum, class, order, genus, species.

...Genesis Ch.1

If the heliocentric theory (the theory that the earth goes around the sun) is just a theory, why is it taught as fact? What about the theory of gravity? The germ theory of disease? The theory of reletivity? Theory, in a scientific sense, means fact. Also, entire populations don't spontaneously change into the same thing, evolution is a gradual process if descent, and it's really sloppy, leaving behind billions of species as others evolve differently, scattering species everywhere to become new things in time.

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