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Five Reasons Why People Believe in Evolution:

Reason # 1

It is all they have been taught.  For the past quarter of a century or more, it has been taught as a scientific fact in many elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, as well as in most colleges and universities. 

Reason # 2

I believe intellectual pride has influenced us to a certain degree.  Who does not want to be considered to be smart and well educated?  If intelligent people all over the world believe in evolution, then we should also.  Evolution has been endorsed by important individuals from practically every field of human endeavor; especially in the sciences.

Reason # 3

Although most would probably not like to admit it, perhaps some have embraced evolution because it provides an alternative to believing in a Supreme Being, or religion in general.  Henry Fairfield Osborn, one of the most famous evolutionists of the early twentieth century, suggested: “In truth, from the earliest stages of Greek thought man has been eager to discover some natural cause of evolution, and to abandon the idea of supernatural intervention in the order of nature.”

Sir Arthur Keith of Great Britain wrote: “Evolution is unproved and unprovable. We believe it because the only alternative is special creation, and that is unthinkable.”  Has that influenced some more than we would care to admit?  But, after all, how could a supposed loving Being, allow so much suffering to exist?  Evolution provides a perfectly logical explanation.  How many have heard about, witnessed, or experienced firsthand the mistakes of religious groups through the ages? 

Reason # 4

This may have a connection to the previous reason, but, does believing in evolution allow us to avoid any objective moral standard of behavior?  Does this help us get past the guilt that inevitably comes from doing wrong?  After all, we are just a higher evolved animal.  Why should we feel any personal responsibility for anything? 

Aldous Huxley stated the matter succinctly in his article, “Confessions of a Professed Atheist”: “I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently, assumed it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find reasons for this assumption.... The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do.... We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.”

Reason # 5

Some people may (at least in their mind,) accept evolution because they are convinced that it is the correct answer to the question of origins.  They simply believe the evidence favors evolution, and thus have accepted it as the correct view of origins.  But, how much has that conclusion been influenced by the religion issue?  Do many embrace it because they want so much for it to be true?

Theories come and theories go, but the Word of God is absolute TRUTH, and it stands forever!

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