Remember life as a child, when the entire universe consisted of a small city block or a quiet patch of rural land? When every question our young minds stumbled upon could be answered simply by our parents, “Because I said so.”
In the beginning, life was easy.
But I’m romanticizing. “Because I said so” never really worked. Sure, it may have kept childhood curiosity quiet long enough for its short attention span to wander onto some other subject, but for the sponge-like mind of a child, “Because I said so” only ever served as a placeholder.
I bring up children because the Creation vs. Evolution debate has chosen our nation’s public schools for its ring in which its epic battle will be fought. In the red corner, it’s vigorously religious parents who don’t want their children to be taught evolution pitted against curious scientific minds in star covered blue trunks that can’t help but wonder why. It’s a match destined to go beyond 15 rounds.
But why must one side lose in order for the other to win, especially when the bottom line is that the story of creation and the theory of evolution are telling the same tale?
The children of Einstein and Darwin have stood for so long against the children of God that an amicable draw between them would seem like sacrilege for either side. Yet Catholics have for many years allowed the theory of evolution to intertwine with the almighty power of God. And even now the Evolutionists have reached forth with an olive branch of their own – the idea of “Intelligent Design.”
It would appear that a great compromise lies just ahead, that God and science might finally figure out that the theories of creation and evolution will always remain unproven (or at least until we’re dead), and that in the end, they are both trying to prove the same thing. Like Rocky and Apollo, Bible and Bunsen burner might work together to vanquish their greatest opponent: the unknown.
Of course, the problem with compromise is that what’s often touted as a “win-win” situation, usually leaves both sides feeling like they’ve lost something.
And with any compromise, there comes a bit of letting go, and letting go is something that the fiercest protectors of Creationism and evolution will not do.
The theory of evolution has never stated that a God does not exist. Yet many Creationists tend to fervently defend that to accept the theory of evolution is to deny God. Scholars have proven that much of the Old Testament is the result of a mish-mashing of interrelated histories. Even Jesus Christ, in the New Testament, used parables to simplify his teachings. Why is it so hard to believe that the Creation story might be just a parable that sums up billions of years of evolution?
And for Evolutionists, yes it has been difficult for them without any real proof of evolution and in the face of such weathered opposition, but as Christian scientists have demonstrated, it is possible to believe in God and evolution too. Belief in one does not disqualify the other. In fact, for many who probe the miracles and phenomenon of our infinite universe, acceptance of the other side’s ideas has only strengthened their own beliefs.
But still, on the verge of a great coming together of minds, there are those who feel that they have everything to lose. Besides, tickets to a prize fight sellout over an intellectual gathering every time.
Now think about life as a young adult, when the creeds and logic of our parents sometimes faltered when challenged by the realities of the world? Perhaps the similarities between Creationists and Evolutionists go beyond the explanations of life. Perhaps the real motivation for the staunch protectors of Creationism and the slide-rule wielding defenders of evolution is that no matter how hard either side tries to defend itself, acceptance will always be a matter of faith.