Why Is Evolution Still Debated?

It always baffles me that to this day many people don’t believe in evolution. Even from my early days in grade school it seemed so obvious to me that human beings came from earlier species of animals. Other people don’t seem to grasp such fairly simple scientific concepts, especially in the U.S. where polls have shown that only 45% of Americans agreed with the statement, “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.” That’s significantly less than the figure in Europe, which was 65%. Still shabby.

Last year I had a knock on my door and when I answered it there was two Catholic’s awaiting me to preach the good word of the Bible. They asked me if I was willing to speak to them about Jesus and the Bible, and I replied that I would be very grateful to discuss with them but that I was an atheist. After hearing this response, the considerably older one of the two was shocked. “You don’t believe in a God!?”, he asked. “No. Not at all.” The other member of the Biblical task force was a young guy that looked eager to confront a challenge.

He said to me, “But you must know that the evolution of feathers has never been proven and this is a major obstacle for the theory of evolution!” Every now and again, someone will use an argument that is so demonstrably false that you worry that if there was even a hint of truth to it your beliefs about something would dissolve. The more you learn, the harder it is for this to happen, and that poor kid had no idea who he was dealing with. He was like a sheep outside of a lions den, trying to convince the lion himself to become a vegetarian. I debunked his claim in about 3 sentences. But could anyone who doesn’t read general science articles and listen to science podcasts have done the same? Definitely not.

We bid each other adieu and went on our merry way. Who knows how many people will be led to believe his moronic assumptions? The nonsense will just keep on spreading.

Of note is the detail of his argument. The evolution of feathers? Comeon! That’s just going to make you sound like you know what you’re talking about. More importantly, it’s going to decrease the amount of people able to argue against the claim.

As someone who supports evolution, I find it so easy to come up with much more common sense arguments. Yesterday I thought about how humans lactate after delivery to feed their young, and how mice do the same exact thing. Is that a coincidence? Is it a coincidence that salamanders have hearts in their chests and that bacteria use oxygen with the same molecular mechanisms as us? Or that viruses use DNA just like we do?

According to polls, less than half of Americans that read this post will agree with my views. At what point will the evidence be so overwhelming that those numbers will rise? I guess since evolution has already been proven in just about every way possible, and nothing has come close to challenging it, evidence alone will never change people’s opinions on the subject.

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26 Responses to Why Is Evolution Still Debated?

  1. Fabian Cortes says:

    What you are assuming is that the evolution of humans is a fact? And not a theory right? If evolution were a fact than evolutionists would have tangible concrete evidence and arguments that this is so. Yet they do not.

    • Pekup Andropov says:

      the evidence is overwhelming. What planet do you live on?

    • Evan Holfelder says:

      Since the amount of time necessary for even a small amount of evolution with current conditions is much longer than than the lifespan of a human, we will never have tangible or observable evidence. Even so, you can’t just assume that scientists know everything there is to know about evolution right here and right now. Not to mention not everybody who believes in evolution has the knowledge to fully explain it.

  2. David says:

    You know a lot about evolution because that’s what you believe in and that’s what you research.Mice lactate like we humans,according to the bible every living thing was created by god so there’s obviously a chance of similarities.I however do not believe in the bible…the theory of evolution makes sense but to put it simply,it still had to start somewhere.Questions like how are living organisms so well built and perfectly functioning.Analyzing simple creatures can show incredible organic systems in perfect harmony.Is that a product of evolution or is it a design?There are other theories out there.Unfortunately they all remain just that,theories.

    • Pekup Andropov says:

      There is at present no significant reason to doubt evolution. Most scientists will tell you that it’s no longer just a theory.

    • Angel says:

      The History of Creation

      1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

      3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

      6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

      9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

      11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

      14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

      20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

      24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

      26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

      29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

  3. Hugo says:

    hello,

    I do not believe in evolutionism neither in creationism. Could you please give a reference to a scientific proof of evolution.

  4. Adam says:

    dude, u are really such a fkkin lamer i am surprised u dont believe in god it would suit u down to the ground.. And what was the point of this article exactly, i was hoping to read something interesting not some dudes ranting about how superior he is to some random fkkin jahova witness knocking on his door.. which ofcourse u destroyed like the lion that u are, fk off will ya?! And the most interesting point of this story would of been how u debunked them in 3 sentances, which ofc u didnt add because its bullshit.

    • Evan Holfelder says:

      You’re one of the many reasons America is stupid. If you want to post a comment than at least have a somewhat valid argument.

  5. micky says:

    teach me on human evolution

  6. Doug Schardt says:

    I was reading your blog and, like you, have been intrigued by the evolution idea. However, I arrived at a different conclusion – not a definative conclusion, but nevertheless a conclusion that doesn’t fully support evolution (it also doesn’t fully support GOD – and I am decidedly NOT religious). Anyway, would you be open to discussing some of the barriers I found to accepting evolution fully?

  7. Shawn Nippard says:

    The evidence is just too overwhelming! I stopped believeing in god when i was 15! I looked back on that day and realized common sense took over and i started to really pay attention to my science teacher! What he was saying made total sense! The science books made compleate sense! Religion has no evidence…..just a belief! Everything religion says is based on a belief and they try and convince you of this belief with no proof whatsoever! Just believe they say! What a crock of shit! I feel so sorry for religious folk because they are stuck in the dark ages when people used to believe in witches! How dare religion give false teachings of where we truly came from! Shame on all religion! Thank goodness for science and its evidence to back its claims! Religion always did sound way out there….but when you’re a kid you’ll believe anything! Thank goodness i woke from my delusional state! How come other intelligent human beings that study and practice religion don’t wake from their delusional state? Religion is harmful because it does not teach the truth…..it teaches you only a belief! I don’t believe anymore…..i know! Thanks to science,its evidence,reason,discoveries and continuing discoveries not to mention the complete common sense of it all! Science has everything religion lacks! Religion is a dying faire tale! But it’s not dying fast enough! Die religion die! Hopefully very soon religion will be nothing but a dark stain on the intelligence of man kind! Science rules….and always will!

    • Bwaubo0837 says:

      lol. you need to go back to school…..

    • Angel says:

      Do you believe there are evil, devil , spirit ? where are they from ? explain to me that ?
      God already told us in the Bible that these things will happen in last days ? you better repent . You will see hell and heaven after you die . But the thing is you can’t come back to earth. you came from dust and you will go back to dust, earth. But your spirit will go to hell if you don’t believe in God. but u still have time now to turn to God. God loves and wait for you.

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  9. Rachel says:

    That’s right. Why is evolution still debated? I have no idea. There is so much wrong with the idea of evolution that I can’t even come to think why people would consider evolution as valid. It is a great theory. But not great enough in contrast to the God of this universe.

  10. I still don’t see you giving us the evidence. Darwin himself said that if his theory would be true, there would be many transitional(did i write that right) fossils to be found. But there are none. Insted they have found many fossils of creatures that still excist today in the same form.

    • Pekup Andropov says:

      Darwin lived 150 years ago. Countless transitional fossils have been found since then. Whoever says there are ‘none’ isn’t qualified to comment.

    • Evan Holfelder says:

      Can you give me a link to your sources? By the way, have you ever heard of Lucy?

  11. Angela says:

    Creationists argue that we all have the same Designer, so it makes sense to see similarities within the creation.
    I wonder how you debunked the Catholic in 3 sentences, but you didn’t tell how.
    At the end where you said; “evidence alone will never change people’s opinions on the subject.” sounds like you’re saying that evidence speaks for itself. But evidence cannot speak for itself. It is something you have to interpret based on presuppositions like naturalism or creation.
    I encourage everyone to learn the truth about something by looking at all sides of it first and then deciding for yourself what is true, instead of believing men who already have their own biases.
    Peace! :)

  12. Matt says:

    I see people ask for references. Here are some excellent ones.

    Understanding the difference between science and religion, why one
    is belief and the other is knowledge:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_theory
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_as_fact_and_theory

    A honest study of the following and related articles should clearly
    demonstrate the overwhelming evidence and reality of evolution.
    It’s also important to note that _all_ fossils are transitional,
    and that species or “kinds” are human categorization.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evidence_of_common_descent
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_evolution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitochondrial_dna
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_chromosome
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_evolution
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominidae
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenesis

    And the following shows that various sciences including archeology
    discovered, and demonstrated clearly, that religions are only human
    traditions, and that abrahamic tradition was not the first, and
    has even borrowed older traditions. Moreover, it’s interesting to
    note that the oldest religions were animist, polytheist, and that
    the oldest religious artifact known are prehistoric “venus”…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_alphabet
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_the_earth
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiometric_dating
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_origins
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creation_myth
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_creation_myths
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ancient_legal_codes
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documentary_hypothesis
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epic_of_gilgamesh#Relationship_to_Bible
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enuma_Elis#Relationship_with_the_Bible
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panbabylonism
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Israel
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dating_the_Bible
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bible_and_history
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_consistency_of_the_Bible
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_Bible

    There are many more but this should be enough for now. Perhaps a
    “religion” that still has not been defeated might be Naturalistic
    Pantheism, because it’s the only one that I know which would not
    contradict science, and only acknowledges the need for spirituality.

  13. John says:

    Truth is i believe in both. I personally think that god created all life. i dont see any possible way that so many different organisms could be perfectly set up to handle life. it all had to start somewhere, and i think that God started it. but i believe that when god created the world, it started with low living animals and that we did evolve from the things that God created. Just because of the evidence that proves evolution. According to the bible, humans were on the planet at the same time as dinosaurs. there is absolutely no way thats possible… so life had to come from somewhere and thats god, but every living thing nowadays had to evolve from somewhere to survive, but thats just my opinion.

  14. Son Of God says:

    To Article writer ,
    Do you believe there are evil, devil , spirit ? where are they from ? explain to me that ?
    God already told us in the Bible that these things will happen in last days ? you better repent . You will see hell and heaven after you die . Bu the thing is you can’t come back .

    • James says:

      Yes I believe that there is evil, devil and spirit. It all came from God I believe that God gave all creatures a choice if they wanted to serve Him or not and some chose to do it and some chose not to. Evil is a substance and so is good I think that the devil used the things that God created in order to create evil just like we use trees to create paper for ex. Spirits are Electric Magnetic Signals as described in John chapter 1 vs. 1-14. Electric is another word for Energy which is used for us to have life, Magnetic is use to keep friction stable, signals are messages. Without these traits there would be no form, light or evolution. Now we have these things inside us and we classify it by calling them Neurons instead of spirit like mankind use to call it. Now there is good signals which agrees with the signal of life that instructs the body to be either male or female and to have children also to be fruitful and multiply or live stick together and love one another as the atoms did in order for our creation. Failure for the system to comprehend is call evil because it disagrees with the way of Nature which is the way of God, which John described as the Word and Mankind of today described as Neuron. Our emotions or our desires come from the heart which is called Neuropeptides and it goes to the mind in order to create our own reality, this some how was corrupted and is slowly but surely destroying the existence of mankind and has decreased the time length of our life.
      Now there is evidence that has just been released the in Georgia and south Africa there are Human skeletons that have been found that dates back 2 million years ago. When did the dinosaurs walk the earth? Spirits came from another dimension called Heaven which is 1000 light years away from earth as the bible described in 2 Peter 3:8. Also NASA sent a machine in the black hole and said as they got closer a great horizon came over the universe and it got brighter. The description given was Heaven but it’s uncertain to say for sure but this information alone prove that the bible is available to be correct.

  15. Son Of God says:

    The History of Creation

    1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

    3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

    6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

    9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

    14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

    20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

    24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

    26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

    29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

  16. Angel says:

    2 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

    4 This is the history[a] of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

    7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

    Life in God’s Garden

    8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. 11 The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Hiddekel;[b] it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

    15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

    18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

    21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

    23 And Adam said:

    “This is now bone of my bones
    And flesh of my flesh;
    She shall be called Woman,
    Because she was taken out of Man.”

    24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

    25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed

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