Evolution: both beautiful and true.
Creationists argue against Evolution often using the excuse that Evolution (by the capital ‘E’ I actually mean the theory of evolution by natural selection) doesn’t explain how life happened from non-life. They claim that Evolution can’t show how non-life material organised into life and so Evolution can’t be true.
It’s true that Evolution doesn’t show how life began; however, Evolution doesn’t actually claim to have the answer to abiogenesis. It simply explains how species evolve through natural reproductive and environmental pressures.
The creationist objections are completely irrelevant then. Not explaining how non-life organised into a chemical replicator doesn’t make the theory of evolution by natural selection any less true. That Evolution happens has been scientifically proven a great many times and there is actually no debate about it, the vast majority of scientists agree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Level_of_support_for_evolution
I do find it rather amusing though, that the creationists hammer on the point of abiogenesis in particular. Presumably the creationists can show us a god industriously creating people from nothing? Are there any creationists who can show evidence that “God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life”. I would like a creationist to show me a god making a man from dust. I should very much like to see that.
I mean, if you’re going to be using an issue like Evolution not explaining abiogenesis then surely you must have some evidence of your own that proves your particular theory?
Morpheus: he asks the serious questions. And he knows Kung-Fu.
Imagine Laurence Fishburne playing Morpheus in The Matrix saying the following (edit: see the video below):
So… creationist… can’t point to any gods making people from dust or ribs then? Interesting. And… creationist… got any empirical evidence for your theory that explains the millions of species we find on this planet? Hm.
It’s so easy to talk, to say God did it. Talk is cheap. Science is hard, it requires evidence, proof, repeatability. It’s hard but it actually tries to find answers to questions and clearly succeeds very often.
Trying to find the answer and the evidence for it and failing is respectable; claiming that the answer is to be found in one dodgy book, demonstrably full of contradictions with its self, demonstrably full of contradictions with reality and not bothering to look any further, is not.
Abiogenesis: science will eventually explain it and provide proof for its explanation. Creationism? I fear there will be little credible evidence forthcoming.
The tree of life.