Fitting the Holes of Theory and Faith Essay

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Fitting the Holes of Theory and Faith



Fitting the Holes of Theory and Faith
Since the dawn of human awareness, we have wondered how we have come to exist and for what
purpose, yet no theory thus far has even been agreed upon, let alone proven. Philosophers,
theologians, and scientists have argued back and forth about our origin for centuries,
producing copious quantities of literature, and it continues to this day. The
justification for my beliefs on the issue which am to present here may simply come to be
seen as another log to throw on the growing stack, but I am inclined to think that it will
have new merit since I will be attempting to appeal to both believers in faith, and to
those who feel that Darwin said it all.

I must begin by stating the simple truth that the majority of people in America to date
have little to no religious beliefs or practices, and there are reasons for it. First, the
infestation of media in our culture has led to extremely distorted yet widely held stereo
types of every kind of religion which keep people from finding any reason to investigate
the true details of any particular one for themselves. This effects a second and more
important reason which is that public schools are required to teach the theory of
evolution-the theory which many believe rules out any possibility of religion. With our
countries separation of church and state, religion is a touchy subject commonly avoided by
teachers, and at the same time young influential students are taught that evolution is the
way things happened. So we end up with some confused and many convinced that there is no
room for religion in the modern context because it cannot coexist with the theory of
evolution.

My first point is to argue the contrary; religion can coexist with evolution. A recent
study done into the actual evidence which supports the theory shows that though the theory
of evolution does show trends in evolutionary stages, at the present time there are no
known fossil records which can connect any one major stage directly to another. Also the
amount of change between these major stages would have required far more time then was
possible and the amount of fossils present should be plentiful for not just one
transition, but all of them, however none have been found. The findings for this study
were taken only from direct anti-religious evolutionists. It is very apparent that there
gapping holes in the theory, something readily admitted by specialists in the field, yet
the theory continues to be taught as though the holes have already been filled. There are
two possibilities for the missing evidence: either none of it has been found yet but it
will be someday, or it doesn't exist. Whether or not the evidence will turn up or if it
has been destroyed, we may never know, but the presence of holes in the theory does leave
room for the possibility of religion, and that is all I need to continue.

In order for me to address my next point, I must answer the all too common question
proposed by a people submerged in political correctness and consumerism. When confronted
about having to pick one religion above another, most ask, "how can you decide that one
religion is more right than another if none of them have more proof than any other."
Historical relics aside, I think it would be reasonable to assume that a creator would
make a way for the beings created to maximize their health and overall enjoyment of life,
and would keep the beings from harm. There has been research into the effects of various
religions on the health of its believers and the category found to have the most favorable
results were those which focused on one God, with certain Christian faiths topping the
list. Of those studied, Christians exhibited low levels of stress and related illness, a
better ability to cope with stress, lower instances of drug abuse and suicide, greater
sexual satisfaction, high levels of contentment and general happiness, and were found to
be successful and active in the community. As Pastor Rene Schlaepfer of Twin Lakes Church
said, "if all those effects were promised by the use of a pill, people would be lined up
out the door to buy it." The attitude which is developed as a result of having these
particular beliefs and following the methods for living tucked in the pages of the bible
do give these results of improved living, and since the bible is said to be the word of
the creator, it seems to make sense that they would.

Some may still argue that it's a waste of time to believe in something if it turns out
that we are just worm meat or ashes after we die. To this I would ask, is it really a
waste of time? The commitment needed to pursue such beliefs is far less than the average
stereotype would have you believe. Also, since no one can know for sure in this life, we
are condemned to choose to believe in anything we want, so why not believe in something
with the most beneficial impacts on your immediate life since that is what truly concerns
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