My honest answer is "I haven't a clue". As I said earlier, I do believe in micro evolution (e.g. we are taller as a species now than we were 700 or 800 years ago as indicated by the size of medieval armor). And, we can observe how other plants and animals can change in a few decades. But for "the theory of evolution" meaning we descended from apes and such, I do not believe it is even a theory - it is just an hypotheis. I'm talking about the species jump stuff here ... like we evolved from protoplasmic slime. I really do not think so. To me, educated in science and engineering, that is way too much of accepting speculation outside the boundaries of established science and what we know to be true to be plausible. You may wish to read the rather exhausting "Figuring Out Religion" thread to get a better understanding of my journey and my worldview. I'm as happy to speculate about weird stuff as the next person, but when it comes to matters of ultimate importance, like where will I spend eternity and why do I believe that, I've got to go with the most probable answer, and the conscience, intelligence, and discernment ability that has been given to me by God. Thanks for asking.Pet Hog wrote:You are welcome. I'm not a geneticist, but I believe my "very interesting hypothesis" is, in a nutshell, the theory of evolution, which, as far as I am aware, has not been disproved experimentally.Mountaineer wrote: Thank you for the reply. It is very interesting, a very interesting hypothesis. The second subject dealing with thalidomide makes sense. I can buy that one as I expect it is reproduceable in a controlled experiment (Yuck to ponder the ethics of that one!). The first, as I said, very interesting hypothesis. But to me, it does not seem nearly as likely as God's story to us on how it happened (the fishes taken in the context of the whole universe and everything in it and how that universe operates on a razor's edge). Thanks again for taking the time to respond.
I have a question for you, Mountaineer -- and for anyone else who doesn't believe in evolution. If you and I were brought back to life a million years from now, do you think we would we recognize every species of animal and plant on Earth, unchanged from how they look today? Would there be any new species? That is, will evolution occur in the future, even though it hasn't in the past? I am presuming that God makes no interventions and that today's living creatures just keep on reproducing with their current DNA.