Creation Vs Evolution
Where have we come from? How did we get here? Questions of these sorts seat at the base of every human’s mind. In a bid to providing answers to them, two camps emerged and have thenceforth been at loggerheads with each other; they are the creationist camp and the evolutionist camp. The creationist on one hand posits that some supernatural forces are responsible for the universe’s origin whereas, the evolutionist supplies a theoretic explanation for the origin of things in natural terms.
Creationism, strictly speaking, is a religious concept which says that God created the universe because it is within his powers and knowledge to do so. Evolutionism refers to the change that occurs over time through which species become modified and diverge to produce multiple descendant species. However, while creationism gives a singular explanans for how things came to be, evolutionism supplies varied theories. These include cosmic evolutionism in the popular ‘big-bang’, organic evolutionism in the widespread natural selection of Charles Darwin (1859), and chemical/planetary evolutionism in the coming together of the three primordial elements –hydrogen, helium and lithium.
Since it is naturally unacceptable to have two systems of explaining one and the same phenomenon, we had always being attempting to ‘find a common ground between the rival theories or merge them into one or jettison one for the other’. So it was that this (finding a common ground or merging them into one or jettisoning one for the other) has been the task of scientists and theologians for centuries. It has become common-placed that some scientists and theologians now come together to form one body in a bid to giving a synergized explanation of the origins of things. Evolutionary creationism or theistic evolutionism is that such body, and it opines that God created the universe through a natural process.
Despite all of these, the conclusions of creationism, evolutionism and evolutionary creationism are still matters that need confirmation. Just as no one can prove that God created the universe out of nothing, so too no one can show that the big bang and natural selection were facts that happened sometimes ago in the past. It thus seems futile that we continue to find which of the two camps is correct. They both explain the universe’s origin and they both hold some verisimilitude; I say we accept them both.