Since the Expelled movie is generating quite an interest in the Christian world, I started a poll on evolution vs creation in my blog. I’ve received a number of answers to my poll, but my mistake is that I did not clarify what I wanted, and that is, for people to click on the “Yes“, “No“, “Maybe“, or “Q/A needs clarification” (please tell why in the comment form below) button, and then click “Vote” in the right sidebar of the blog.

But some of you emailed back your comments, and here are some:

The way the question is phrased, I would say “no,” as creationists and evolutionists will never see eye to eye. However, if you are asking if the Genesis account can be reconciled with findings supporting evolution, then I would say “yes,” and that seems to be exactly what the Intelligent Design people are doing. – M. C.

It is clear God created the world. Evolution does not explain that and is an inferior theory. – P. K.

It depends on your definition of evolution! There is macro-evolution which is one species changing into another such as fish to reptile, & micro-evolution which is a change within a species, hence all of the different birds, dogs, cats, etc. I do not think the 1st is reconcilable with Biblical creationism but the 2nd is. By the way, I haven’t seen the movie, yet, but definitely want to! – C. O.

Absolutely not – I think only die hards and know nothings are clinging to evolution. – A. A.

I think my position deserves a little fuller explanation than yes, no, maybe. The Bible says 6 days and I accept that because that is what the Bible says and according to scholars a day is a day with no mutability. And as a scientifically bred person with a degree in engineering I firmly believe in evolution. So how do I reconcile the two? I don’t bother. I am more than content to find the true answer when I get to Heaven. (There is a 19th Century proposition—that found no favor anywhere—that went God created the universe in 6 days but created it as a going proposition that made it appear 15 billion years old).

And, as scientists would point out, there are 20 extinct elephant designs. Not much intelligence there. So I don’t know why God did what He/She did. But God did it anyway and it is up to us to make what sense of it as we can. – C. V.

Your comments are always welcome. I’ll summarize the comments and the poll results by the end of the week (if I get enough votes).

And by the way, you can read Professor Robert Strimple’s review of the movie. One thing I noticed is that people kept talking about Intelligent Design, but no explanation is made on what exactly it is. Maybe the producers assumed knowledge of the subject. Or perhaps just wanted to start an intelligent conversation on the subject.

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5 thoughts on “Evolution vs Creation Poll

  • May 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm
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    Whenever I read things about the creation/evolution debate, I’m reminded of Galileo. Is Darwin the next Galileo? Has the church thrown Charles under the bus for learning something new about the universe? Remember, centuries ago, the fact that the earth revolves around the sun was considered unbiblical and insulting.
    So when thinking of evolution and creationism, I think we all — whether creationist, evolutionist and those in between — need to move forward with humility. Because there is the real possibility that the way we think about the universe, what we seem so sure of today, will be derided 500 years from now. We need some mutual understanding. Creationists may have good reasons to believe what they do — but those who consider evolution do as well.
    I do not know the specifics of how this universe came about, but I believe that God was directly responsible and believe that he continues to care for this world. Whether by big bang/evolution or a literal six day creation, it will not shake my confidence in God or in the integrity of his Word.

  • May 2, 2008 at 1:18 am
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    Pete,

    I agree that evolution and creation are mutually exclusive. Only one of these two are true. One is white, the other’s black, white couldn’t be black, and black couldn’t be white. Darwin of course did not intend to reconcile his theory with creation – his intention was actually to do away with the idea of God’s existence. And obviously, all atheists and agnostics have taken up Darwinism as proof of a godless “theology.”

    Although anachronistic, Intelligent Design reminds me of Aquinas’ five ways: unmoved mover, first cause, contingency, degree, and design.

    Jamie, the movie reminded me somewhat of The Passion of the Christ. So much blood and violence shown, but nowhere in the movie is it explained why Jesus died that way. The gospel wasn’t there. Maybe those two movies then can be a springboard for discussion of the gospel, but I doubt that these movies could be useful. As you know, I’m not into classical apologetics, but firmly believe in presuppositional apologetics.

  • May 1, 2008 at 10:43 pm
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    I have no idea there was a movie like this (I should start watching TV). But yes, even Hollywood movies (is it?) need to clarify and define jargons, not unless the writer intentionally omitted the definitions for a purpose.

  • May 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm
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    An unequivocal no to to your poll question, Nollie!  This is so because Biblical creationism and Darwinian evolution are two mutually exclusive religious views.  The God-breathed account of creation in Genesis records in no uncertain terms that He, God, made  plants and animals to reproduce “after their kinds.”  This is repeated ten times in Genesis chapter 1 but squarely contradicted by Darwin who believed that complex elements evolved from simple elements, life from non-life, complex organisms from simpler forms of life, and that ultimately even the crown of creation, man, developed from apes. In short, all attempts to reconcile the two diametrically opposed systems of belief such as “theistic evolution” or “intelligent design” are oxymora. I am actually paraphrasing the view of Henry M. Morris, President of the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego California, to which, needless to say, I wholeheartedly subscribe.

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