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11-06-2008, 12:27 AM

11-06-2008, 11:12 AM

Not surprising. There are a lot representatives of traditional religion that don't find a problem with scientific theories regarding creation. There are major religious leaders of several religions that are willing to countenance and even praise theories that teach a very old universe, planet, and the evolution of life from simpler to more complex lifeforms over millions of years. First, it is a smart PR move considering the negative view classical religious teachings receive in comparison to the advances of science. Second, it isn't that hard to justify this stance according to different religious texts.

That is not to say that it isn't the source of serious and sometimes vicious debate within these same traditional religious communities.

Leaving aside debate over the validity of these theories, which is a topic I would love to avoid as one need merely look at the several threads already dedicated to that conversation, I have found that there is a basic polarity within religious communities regarding anything new (quoting Ecclesiastes: There is nothing new under the sun). It is a serious concern. If the Bible, Koran, Sutras, etc. are the word of an omnipotent being and full of THE most important Truths coming from this all knowing compassionate entity, what is the place in this system of the paltry incomplete discoveries of human beings? What about all the pious scholars of religion who didn't know about these ideas; were they simply wrong in their convictions (which is more of a problem in orthodox religions that see these leaders as having some divine foundation for their authority)? Yet, it seems very hard to ignore the tangible results of science in our lives. So, you get serious debate.