BBC Debate: Is it time for all religions to accept evolution?

Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times

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Human DNA is 99% similar to that of Chimpanzees

First something about the big picture, Christian apologists want to make a case for Christianity based on laws of nature and science, by showing that there ought to be a Transcendent Creator of our universe. They make this case, in one breath, and in the very next, deny all of science, by insisting on Eucharist, man-God of Jesus, who is not Transcendent, resurrection and miracles that violate laws of nature.

Atheists are right in exposing the irrationality of the Christian dogma. However, the Christians are right in as far as their claim that there needs to be a Creator of this universe, Who employed natural means to do His work. However, both parties in their self-conceit are not listening to how Islam resolves their conflict; Islam as understood by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins.[1]

Life on Earth originated and then evolved from a universal common ancestor approximately 3.8 billion years ago. Repeated speciation and the divergence of life can be inferred from shared sets of biochemical and morphological traits, or by shared DNA sequences.[2] These homologous traits and sequences are more similar among species that share a more recent common ancestor, and can be used to reconstruct evolutionary histories, using both existing species and the fossil record. Existing patterns of biodiversity have been shaped both by speciation and by extinction.[3]

Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace were the first to formulate a scientific argument for the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. Evolution by natural selection is a process that is inferred from three facts about populations: 1) more offspring are produced than can possibly survive, 2) traits vary among individuals, leading to different rates of survival and reproduction, and 3) trait differences are heritable.[4] Thus, when members of a population die they are replaced by the progeny of parents that were better adapted to survive and reproduce in the environment in which natural selection took place. This process creates and preserves traits that are seemingly fitted for the functional roles they perform.[5] Natural selection is the only known cause of adaptation, but not the only known cause of evolution. Other, nonadaptive causes of evolution include mutation and genetic drift.[6]

In the early 20th century, genetics was integrated with Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection through the discipline of population genetics. The importance of natural selection as a cause of evolution was accepted into other branches of biology. Moreover, previously held notions about evolution, such as orthogenesis and “progress” became obsolete.[7] Scientists continue to study various aspects of evolution by forming and testing hypotheses, constructing scientific theories, using observational data, and performing experiments in both the field and the laboratory. Biologists agree that descent with modification is one of the most reliably established facts in science.[8] Discoveries in evolutionary biology have made a significant impact not just within the traditional branches of biology, but also in other academic disciplines (e.g., anthropology and psychology) and on society at large.[9][10]

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4 replies

  1. Ordinary man possesses “Mind”. Superman would possesses “Super mind”.That evolution is still being worked out.
    It would be a shock to the followers of Abrahamic religions-Islam and christianity – to believe in Evolution.Man appeared on the face of Earth Long after various type of animal Kingdom -like diyanosarous family lived and disappeared. Islam is blinking such facts.

  2. The Thiruvasagam,famous Tamil Leterature Book confirms evolution. Hindu Literatures accepts Evolution -Trans migration of souls . Koran/Bible says God Created Adam and Eve -human beings first.But science says ” Man is created late. Diyanosarous -family of animals had existed before man appeared on the face of earth. There is truth in the theory of evolution.

  3. The Theory of Evolution authored by Darwin is acceptable to all Hindus in the world.We Hindus believe in 1.Genetic evolution 2.Cultural evolution 3.social evolution 4. Evolution in all branches of knowledge 5.Evolution is still taking place. Sri Aurobindo says ” Man is evolving from Ordinary man into a Super man of great mental and intellectual capabilities. மனிதனில் இருந்து அதிமனிதன் என்ற நிலையை நோக்கி மனிதன் இன்றும் பாிணமித்துக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றான்.

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