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The Religious Angle To Evolutionary Theory

By: for ISKCON News on March 26, 2011
Opinion
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Survival of the fittest
Should Charles Darwin`s evolutionary theory still be reigning philosophy of biological science and the general understanding of our origin? Many think not.

From secular point of view, thoughtful students of anthropology and paleontology have serious doubts about Darwin`s 1859 writings of evolution. Further, 80 percent of Americans today think that Darwin`s theory is not the only explanation of our beginnings and that creationism should be taught in that scountry`s public schools. These findings were the result of a US poll.

There are scientists who remind us that the `missing link` has never been discovered, and that after nearly a century and half of `natural selection`, no one has produced hard evidence of one species transforming into another.

Moreover, in his classic 750-page book, Forbidden Archeology, Michael Cremo catalogues discoveries of hundreds of tools, artifacts and human remains. These findings were situated in strata dated with current scientific methods at over a million years old, indirectly corroborating truths in the Puranas.

The Padma Purana lists the number of aquatics, plants, insects, birds, beasts, and humans at 8.4 million. Today`s `jury` of anthropologists believe that two million species have been named to date, and that there are up to thirty million more to be discovered and categorized.

If God is accepted as omnipresent, omniscient, all loving and omnipotent, it follows that God can and does intervene in human affairs, hears human prayers, has a relationship with us, and creates universes in all their diversity of life forms. Moreover, a series of moral principles such as cleanliness, kindness, courage, compassion, austerity and truth, accompanies any full knowledge of God.

Conversely, and significantly, many influential thinkers embraced Darwinism because it made no moral judgments, leaving all developments to chance and random occurrences.

Scriptures in most religions confirms that every species was created by God and has existed since time immemorial. Theories based on Darwin, which embrace survival of the fittest and amorality, are intellectually and spiritually restrictive, and cannot co-exist rationally with full knowledge of God.

How did we get here, and why do we exist? Darwinian theory cannot retain such a monolithic and quasi-religious status in the scientific market place. The Puranic and Vedic writings detail our origins and purpose, and deserve at least as much attention from scientists worldwide.


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