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No, I KNOW that the theory of Evolution is the soundest, most well-supported theory detailing the development of all life, human or otherwise. It is not a question of belief. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Cary, NC.
Evolution is a theory--there are several different theories of Evolution (i.e. gradual change vs. punctuated equilibrium) which are in convlict with each other. Regardless of my personal beliefs, however, all relevant theories should be taught in public schools as the current state of scientific understanding along with historical data so that young minds understand just because we think this today doesn't mean we are right--we might learn more tomorrow. Knowledge and curiosity and the drive to learn and gain a better understanding of the world around us should be encouraged. 2yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
I believe that we evolved as science has proven but that God engineered it every step of the way. 2yr ago from a Democrat in Daytona Beach, FL.
Evolution, Intelligent design and Creation theories are not exclusive of each other. This information should be taught with sensitivity towards all religious beliefs and only the known and provable facts should be taught. 2yr ago from a Republican in Garland, TX.
I Believe that God Created the Universe, but Evolution is what happened afterward. Even the Bible itself states everything after it's kind. 1yr ago from a Republican in Miamisburg, OH.
Yes, but only as Darwin laid it out in his research, not the extrapolated 'interpretation' that is used as a political or rhetorical club to extend it beyond what is scientifically proven or provable empirically. 1yr ago from a Republican in Plainfield, NJ.
It is obvious that some Evolution has taken place, but Evolutionary theory cannot explain everything. There must be some intelligent creation. 1yr ago from a Republican in Denver, CO.
Yes it should be taught and shown why it is scientifically valid but i also do not have a problem with allowing 'intelligent design' to also be taught. the important thing to teach is for students to learn to think for themselves and not just follow whatever crowd they are in. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Richmond, VA.
I believe God created the world, but with that being said who is to say that Evolution is how scientists have come to perceive the evidence of His creation work. I believe it is important to know, but don't necessarily believe that is solely how the world and universe was created. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Richardson, TX.
Yes, but I believe the intelligent design drives Evolution. Who is to say one of God's days are the same 24 hour days we have. We, and the world, are still "works in progress". 1yr ago from a Republican in Saint Joseph, MO.
I believe the intelligent design theory. I also believe that a creator who is capable of creating the world is capable of building in mechanisms that allow those creations to evolve when necessary. 1yr ago from a Republican in Fort Huachuca, AZ.
A theory is the strongest explanation to a set of observations and facts. It is not an opinion. So the theory of Evolution, is more than a fact. Natural selection, is the strongest explanation to the mechanism of Evolution, but not the only one (as Darwin pointed out). But for complex organisms it has shown to be the strongest. 1yr ago from a Green in Concord, CA.
I believe in GOD and everything he has created. Science has messed up alot trying to disprove life , and how we are made . GOD created and man is destroying it . When you can't tell night from day ,right from wrong black from white ,gay from straight we are doomed. 1yr ago from a Republican in Clover, SC.
I believe in the science of Evolution but I also believe in the existence of a God. I believe only the science should be taught in public funded schools and the religious side, if any, be taught at home. Maintain everyone's right to believe and practice what they want as long as they are not infringing on the rights of others. 1yr ago from a Democrat in San Antonio, FL.
1. Darwin was an atheist much more so than he was a scientist. Darwin looked for a theory that at once explained the potential origin of species while at the same time denied the existence of God. Psst! That is NOT science! In fact, to arbitrarily deny God is a blatant violation of the scientific method, is it not? 2. There is a HUGE difference between micro-Evolutionary change (i.e., within a species) and macro-Evolutionary change (i.e., jumping out of one species to create another). There is virtually no evidence of macro-Evolution! There is no evidence there is no God! There is no evidence that EVEN IF Evolution could be proved true that it is not an instrument of God. Etc. So, such a question is more political than scientific, as was Darwin. 1yr ago from a Republican in Clearview City, KS.
I am a Christian, so I believe that God created the universe. I do not feel that this disproves some sort of Evolution, though. I just don't want the schools saying that Evolution proves the fact that God doesn't exist. This was a real problem for me when my kids were in school. And there IS a war on Christianity in this country. Don't take away my rights to give other people theirs. Everyone should be tolerant of each other and not force religion out of everything all the time. This country was based on Judeo/Christian values, and we were tolerant of everything else. It is time we put a stop to people coming here saying that it is their right to remove anything that they perceive as Christian because they don't believe in it. THEN GO BACK TO THE HELLHOLE YOU CAME FROM!!!. 1yr ago from a Republican in Rockville, MD.
I believe we should continue to teach it as a theory with limited but important areas of verification. I believe it should be taught that other theories exist and that in many cases it may be that apparent conflicts may not be real with further understanding - e.g., if you believe Evolution is implemented via the forces of nature, then you must ask who is responbsible fot the forces of nature. Man uses tools and automated factories to carry out his objectives. A God might well carry out his objecitves via the forces of nature. 1yr ago from a Republican in Norfolk, VA.
By "theory of Evolution," most people mean the theory that humans developed from "lower" life forms. Public schools should teach that the preponderance of evidence indicates that theory is correct. Gaps in the theory should be part of education too, but that is not the same thing as substituting religious belief for scientific investigation. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Cincinnati, OH.
Teach all theories, but remember this is a minor issue. We are not losing our edge in the world because we are teaching/not teaching Evolution. 1yr ago from a Republican in Richmond, VA.
I believe that Evolution and creation both occurred. I believe that a highly advanced race of extra-terrestrials visited earth in the ancient past and intervened with the Evolution of hominids thus creating modern humans. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
Yes, I believe in the theory of Gods Evolution.. I don't know why they call it the theory of Evolution.. When it's the theory of Gods Evolution.. 1yr ago from a Republican in Nuevo Laredo, TX.
He is after all GOD and can accomplish creation any way HE chooses. Who am I to say how he GOT IT DONE!. 1yr ago from a Republican in Mesquite, TX.
Scientific data along with Creationism provides the opportunity to combine the fact that God is present and in control in Divine Evolution. 1yr ago from a Republican in Albemarle, NC.
No. I do believe in intelligent design. I believe that Evolution is ONLY a theory, and if it s taught should not be presented as a fact. I also believe that creation should be taught too and that the Bible should NOT be banned from schools or libraries. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
Evolution is indisputable when taken in context. Nobody can deny that living organisms change over time. Even he laws of thermodynamics say that. But Evolution does not make a viable origins theory. 1yr ago from a Republican in Casper, WY.
I believe man was created in the image of God, the first and greatest creator,, and that God's design allows for biological adaptation. 1yr ago from a Republican in Apex, NC.
Evolution should be taught in science, intelligent design theory should be taught in philosophy or theories course. 1yr ago from a Green in Sherwood, AR.
It's a THEORY! Why is it being taught as FACT?. 1yr ago from a Republican in Boca Raton, FL.
I believe in Creation and Evolution to survive. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Montgomery, AL.
I believe in the process of Evolutionism being a part in creationism. 1yr ago from a Republican in Phoenix, AZ.
NO and it should NOT be taught as scientific fact in any public school. It is a religious way of thought more than Christianity, Buddhism, Atheism or any other philosophical belief. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wichita, KS.
God could have used Evolution to create the earth. Surely we do not know. 1yr ago from a Republican in Silverton, OR.
No, but all theories should be taught in public schools so that the students can make up their own minds. 1yr ago from a Republican in Carrollton, TX.
Science and religion are not opposites. They are not even mutually exclusive. Theories are theories and the fact we have now taken a theory and teach it as fact removes the individuals right to their beliefs. There is merit in many disciplines, but science is not the only arena from which we garner truth. The human mind is not capable of understanding the whole universe. The purpose of science is to observe and learn, but it does not have a duty to rule out the possibility of creation, nor a creator. 1yr ago from a Republican in Hermosa Beach, CA.
No. It has no scientific basis. In no observable system does complexity arise from simplicity. A theory is valid only as long as an exception to the theory is discovered. Evolution is a philosophy. 1yr ago from a Republican in Clayton, IN.
Neither Evolution or creationism have been PROVEN so why not teach both, along with the Ancient Alien theory, it makes as much sense as Evolution. 1yr ago from a Republican in Charleston, SC.
Yes, i believe that god created the earth, but his time is not our time. However forcing any view point on people is something that should be frowned upon and that all information should be allowed and people should decide for themselves. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Boone, NC.
I don't believe in the theory of Evolution, but I think that the student should choose in what to believe. Classes teaching the theory of Evolution and the biblical stance on how the man was created should be offered in school. After all it is a free country and people can choose what to believe or what not. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Milwaukee, WI.
Any theories from religious texts should not be in any taxpayer funded textbooks or classes. However, classic Darwinian Evolution is probably not scientifically robust either, since it ignores hybridization and ignores genetic changes caused not by natural selection but by interactions at the molecular level which create sub-optimal but survivable mutations. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in La Porte, IN.
Neither Evolution nor creation have been proven. If you wish to teach either, your school should provide the means to teach both, and probably give the option to the students to choose which they'd prefer as an elective of sorts, with parental permission. 1yr ago from a Green in Chester Springs, PA.
I believe theories more to the picture and that the Evolution theory is part of the creation theory in that it that eleven days is symbolic for the creation and it took a lot longer than that allowing things to evolve for thousands of years. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Portland, OR.
Use of "theory" in science means fact as we can determine by peer reviewed studies. Evolution is a fact; intelligent design is false and based on the fallacy of deciding what results are desired and trying to find evidence that supports it. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Canton, GA.
Nope. I mean, all theories should be taught in all schools, and they should be taught very, very deeply. But the theory of Evolution is proven wrong by science, no argument for that. But that doesn't mean we stop teaching the evidences, and most important, counter-evidences. 1yr ago from a Green in Littleton, CO.
This is not a simple question. There are three issues here - 1) What is the origin of life 2) change of one species to another 3) Changes within a species. 1) The origin of life has not been proven via the scientific method (demonstrated and reproduced). Therefore the theory of Evolution is as good as any other. 2) A clear path from one species to another has not been proven via the scientific method (demonstrated and reproduced). Therefore the theory of Evolution is as good as any other. 3) Changes within a species has been proven via the scientific method (demonstrated and reproduced). Therefore the theory of Evolution is correct when concerns variations within a species - ie. a dachshund and a great dane are of the same species due to Evolution. 1yr ago from a Republican in Piedmont, CA.
Yes, We have the right to choose what we be leave in and want to learn about, not what the government wants us to learn and/or be leave and our children should have the choice in the matter. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Dandridge, TN.
Evolution IS A PROVABLE FACT BUT WE HAVE ONLY PARTIAL KNOWLEDGE - AS WE LEARN MORE IT MUST BE SHARED AND RELIGIOUS BELIEFS SHOULD NOT HINDER IT. 1yr ago from a Green in Chicago, IL.
It's a theory and as long as it's taught as such I see no harm in teaching it. Parents who believe otherwise are fully capable of taking their children to church and teaching them about creation. I believe in creation, intelligent design, and micro-Evolution. Public education did not harm my faith. 1yr ago from a Republican in Coronado, CA.
Another absurd question. Evolution as an explanation of the origin of species is highly problematic and without any evidentiary support. This is yet another example of the problem of public education; public education forces into the political realm issues that should be decided solely on the basis of evidence and solid scientific method. 1yr ago from a Republican in West Mclean, VA.
Evolution IS a FACT. Anyone who believes the Bible (world is about 5,000-6,000 years old) is playing too many fantasy games. The bible was written over hundreds of years by many people. The Bible was also RE-WRITTEN by many more people....do you understand where this is going?. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Prior Lake, MN.
Yes, until a better scientific theory supplants it. If many centuries after Newton we can have Einstein, will we not have a better theory after Darwin's?. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Kenbridge, VA.