Could somebody explain to me why some people find Evolution offensive?

Pandaren

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Intelligent Design taught in my home state of Pennsylvania.

I knew many people, some of them my good friends, who said they found the theory of Evolution to be disturbing or offensive. When I asked why, it usually had to do with disgust for monkeys and other apes and denying any human connection to them.

But WHY is it disgusting or offensive to suggest that humans may have evolved from ape-like creatures? They are animals that are no more disgusting than cows or dogs or kangaroos. Would people feel differently if we were said to descend from a more familiar animal like a cat? Why is it so offensive that a species could evolve to adapt to a wide range of environments?
 

CaptnKirk

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Some believe is will hurt their egos of find out that humankind might have evolved from a species of monkeys.
It breaks down their diety and spiritual link to a supreme being, thier God.
In turn, the monkeys would be distressed to find how low they have sunk just by being related to humans.
 

illustri

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why is ID even considered an "alternative" to evolutionary theory - i assume they will still be teaching all the standard concepts of biology, what possibly qualifies ID as an alternative besides its innate "proof by negative"

and why do you keep capitalizing evolution as if it were a mythos of some belief system?
 

Pandaren

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The spiritual link breaking just doesn't seem logical to me and probably never will. ROFL to the second point though.

Originally posted by: CaptnKirk
It breaks down their diety and spiritual link to a supreme being, thier God.
In turn, the monkeys would be distressed to find how low they have sunk just by being related to humans.
 

nageov3t

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I've never understood the idea that science and religion are irreconcilable.

there's nothing in evolution that lends itself to athieism... Darwin himself was pretty religious.
 

lozina

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Maybe it has something to do with how some people are severely offended by condoms?
 

Stunt

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denial...
if somebody told you something that you didnt believe in...whould you be extremely critical of it??
 

ntdz

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Who says Evolution is offensive? Even the Catholic Church acknowledges it.
 

Stunt

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Originally posted by: ntdz
Who says Evolution is offensive? Even the Catholic Church acknowledges it.
Really?!...how does that work with adam and eve?...they were homo habilis?
 

CanOWorms

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I find it offensive because monkeys and apes throw their own feces around. Not even gerbils do that.
 

BeauJangles

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Originally posted by: Stunt
Originally posted by: ntdz
Who says Evolution is offensive? Even the Catholic Church acknowledges it.
Really?!...how does that work with adam and eve?...they were homo habilis?

basically they believe that evolution can produce changes within a species, but cannot produce an entirely new species.

I'm not 100% sure of that, so someone else might want to jump in and explain further.
 

Stunt

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Originally posted by: CanOWorms
I find it offensive because monkeys and apes throw their own feces around. Not even gerbils do that.
Lol!!
i throw my feces around :p
:eek:
 

SuperTool

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Conservative: Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.
Evolution: A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
:D
 

Velk

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Originally posted by: Pandaren
I knew many people, some of them my good friends, who said they found the theory of Evolution to be disturbing or offensive. When I asked why, it usually had to do with disgust for monkeys and other apes and denying any human connection to them.

It's quite simple. The bible says that it did not happen that way. If it *did* happen that way, the bible is wrong. What else is it wrong about ?

It's a dangerous line of thinking...


 

nageov3t

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Originally posted by: Velk
Originally posted by: Pandaren
I knew many people, some of them my good friends, who said they found the theory of Evolution to be disturbing or offensive. When I asked why, it usually had to do with disgust for monkeys and other apes and denying any human connection to them.

It's quite simple. The bible says that it did not happen that way. If it *did* happen that way, the bible is wrong. What else is it wrong about ?

It's a dangerous line of thinking...

that's why people shouldn't take the bible literally.

/thanks the Jesuits for 4 years of theology classes
 

Gaard

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This seems as good a thread as any to show off my biblical ignorance...

Did Adam and Eve have any daughters? And if yes, who fathered their children?
 

Ozoned

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Originally posted by: Gaard
This seems as good a thread as any to show off my biblical ignorance...

Did Adam and Eve have any daughters? And if yes, who fathered their children?
I don't know Gaard, but I will take a guess, from the angle that I think that you are asking.


Your Father?

 

Gaard

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Originally posted by: Ozoned
Originally posted by: Gaard
This seems as good a thread as any to show off my biblical ignorance...

Did Adam and Eve have any daughters? And if yes, who fathered their children?
I don't know Gaard, but I will take a guess, from the angle that I think that you are asking.


Your Father?

To the member I was just talking to via PM : See what I mean? ;)

 

Ozoned

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Originally posted by: Gaard
Originally posted by: Ozoned
Originally posted by: Gaard
This seems as good a thread as any to show off my biblical ignorance...

Did Adam and Eve have any daughters? And if yes, who fathered their children?
I don't know Gaard, but I will take a guess, from the angle that I think that you are asking.


Your Father?

To the member I was just talking to via PM : See what I mean? ;)
I play the "Game" almost as well as you, Gaard, Don't you think? :p

 

digiram

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Originally posted by: lozina
Maybe it has something to do with how some people are severely offended by condoms?

Condom, uggh. I just like it raw!!!! :D

That's why I've had only 1 sex partner for the past 6 yrs ;)
 

dgevert

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Originally posted by: CanOWorms
I find it offensive because monkeys and apes throw their own feces around. Not even gerbils do that.

Republicans do though!
 

aidanjm

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Originally posted by: loki8481
I've never understood the idea that science and religion are irreconcilable.

there's nothing in evolution that lends itself to athieism... Darwin himself was pretty religious.

evolution and xianity are not compatible, tho. (Unless of course you chuck out the Bible as literal word of god and make things up as you go along).