|QUOTE (Seachmall @ Apr 5 2009, 12:12)|
Yes but that it not what creationists argue, they believe that we were created as is by God. We know that to be false, we know there are other possibilities and based on evidence evolution appears to be the most likely.
| Evolution can happen according to an intelligent design, even when you account for Natural Selection. |
Of course evolution could have been guided but it doesn't need to be for it to work.
Lets say a world was created yesterday. You were created with all your memories. How would you know? You would not. You'd believe that you existed for many years.
If a supreme being decided to create Earth 6,000 years ago with all the geological formations, artifacts of older tribes of men, petrified remains of older creatures, and all the animals with various similarities suggesting relationship, you wouldn't be able to tell that from a system that has naturally evolved. And who are we to say that a supreme being capable of that does not exist?
Creationism states that this is what happened. Alright, who cares? There is no observable difference, so then it doesn't matter which actually happened. If one choses to believe that the world was created all at once, fine. It might seem like an arbitrary sort of thing to believe, but so is believing anything else. It is no more silly to believe that all living things were created than it is to believe that they have evolved.
In contrast, evolution still works. We can still examine remains and build a taxonomy based on it, making predictions about modern species that agree with observation. It doesn't matter if Earth was created all at once. The model still works. Evolution works regardless of whether Creationism is a fact or a fairy tail. And belief in Creationism can exist without contradiction regardless of whether life was created or evolved. We cannot know which actually happened, so belief in either is equivalently arbitrary regardless of any evidence for Evolution you might dig up. It only supports the model, but proves nothing about what actually happened.
If you have to believe in something, Creationism is a perfectly valid choice. It's arbitrary, but so is any other belief. Just pick one. And if you are looking for a model that makes valid predictions, you cannot go wrong with Evolution. It has been verified to work in many, many situations. The two cannot be compared on equal footing, because they are entirely different categories of things. One does not contradict the other. One does not replace the other.
Asking whether one believes in Evolution or Creationism is absurd. It's not an either/or thing. It cannot be one.