By: Matthew Chatterton
Some people may not understand why the theory of evolution is so controversial. Here's why.
Evolution is sometimes referred to as "Darwin's dangerous idea" because it truly is detrimental to fundamental Christian beliefs.
The relevant fundamental Christians beliefs are:
- Adam and Eve were the first man and woman.
- They ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, defying God's order.
- By doing so, they committed the original sin.
- God provided a means of atonement through Jesus Christ.
One of the implications of the theory of evolution is that there was no first man and first woman and, therefore, no original sin. If their was no original sin then Jesus was sacrificed for nothing.
The theory of evolution renders Jesus pointless; this is why it's impossible to reconcile one's Christianity with evolution without seeing the Jesus story as metaphorical. This will, in effect, breed moderates prone to abandoning their faith and fundamentalists prone to rejecting science.
Potential aposticism is motivation for the fundamentalists to attack evolution adamantly. One of the ways fundamentalists will attack evolution is to fallaciously discredit it at all costs. This would include calling it a random process, a hoax, or atheist propaganda.
Now you understand the conflict.
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