"The diversity of life on earth is the outcome of evolution: an unsupervised, impersonal, unpredictable and natural process of temporal descent with genetic modification that is affected by natural selection, chance, historical contingencies and changing environments." -Eugenie C. Scott
Creationists are quite correct in seeing evolution as the enemy. Liberal believers are even less rational when it comes to this topic. At least a creationist understands what it is they believe, even if it is false. It makes sense, from a theistic perspective to see evolution as the enemy. You can not simultaneously believe that we were created by God and that we evolved naturally. A deist could easily accept evolution, but not a theist. A theist who believes this is fooling themselves.
Most religious people are moderates, and it's the more popular point of view among them that evolution and God are completely compatible. I see this as the most successful form of irrationalism. As Richard Dawkins has said, this is the superfluous attempt to "smuggle God in by the back door". People are willing to accept evolution because they know it's a scientific fact, but most theists say it's perfectly compatible with their beliefs. This rationalization is because if it is not compatible then they have to either go with the fact rather than God, or deny fact and continue believing. So they must see it as compatible... it's not.
They will say "I see no conflict at all", which of course is just an excuse and not an actual attempt to look at the problems with it. No conflict? This is simply not the case, just because it sounds nice doesn't make it true. Feels good is not truth. This is the epitome of the golden mean fallacy, a logical fallacy which asserts that the truth can be found as a compromise between two supposed "extreme" opposite positions, in this case that of theistic evolution denial on one end and atheism on the other. A compromise =/= correct.
Theists will claim that evolution by natural selection was God's ingenious way of doing His creation. Instead of individually creating every species, God made the process of evolution by natural selection and let it take it's own course, to produce all the species we have. There's absolutely nothing persuasive about this claim, other than maybe wish-thinking. Evolution by natural selection is not a process that needed inventing at all. The whole point of it is that it just happens. It doesn't need an ingenious inventor to put it in motion. It happens without invention and without planning. That's what it's all about. That's how it works. It's not supernatural selection, it's called natural selection for a reason. The Earth and the organisms on it are the way they are for natural reasons. Religion cannot come in and make claims about natural processes, that's the domain of science.
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