Asked in Founding FathersBiologyCharles DarwinEvolution
Why did many people oppose evolution?
January 20, 2013 6:03AM
Because of their religion.
Primarily because the slow and gradual changes that Darwin described would take longer than the amount of time documented in the Bible between the creation of the world and modern times. In 1648, Bishop James Ussher published a treatise in which he counted all of the Biblical figures documented in Genesis and purported that the Earth was created on 23 October 4004 BCE. The changes Darwin described would have taken hundreds of thousands, if not millions of years to accomplish, thus denying this particular interpretation of the Bible. Yet there are many interpretations of the Bible, an many other religious texts of the world. Science and religion are not opposites, but complementary.
In addition, if you believe that God created each creature, as Genesis relates, then why would creatures evolve? Wouldn't God have created them perfect for their environment? Change implies that God's creation is imperfect. But God works in mysterious ways. Who are we to question what makes a perfect creature?