Thoughts on Theologies and Evolution
There seem to be three
major theologies functioning in our world today: monotheism, pantheism
and atheism. Once there were four, but polytheism, the belief in many
individual gods, while extant to some small degree, lost its hold as a
major theology at the end of the Greco/Roman period.
is the theology accepted by the largest number of western religions.
The Biblical god is shaped like a human being and has human traits.
This is the god of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. Pantheism
is the theology accepted by most "new-age" western religions and many
The pantheist god is everything and everywhere at
once. Everything is in the image of god.
the belief that god doesn't exist, is the theology accepted by secular
humanists and argued for as the god of science, although, in reality,
if god exists, god exists within the realm of science also.
fundamentalists believe that god created everything in seven days
around seven thousand years ago and that man was specifically created
in the image of god, (thereby giving god a singular image) and that god
gave the universe to humans for their use. We have a great deal of
circumstantial evidence that strongly suggests this is not true, but we
have no observable facts or tests that disprove that position.
The pantheists believe
that god created the universe and life in god's image some thirteen or
fourteen billion years ago. They believe that god is everything and is
everywhere at once; the dandelion, the mountain of iron, even the
automobile fashioned from that iron is god. One may choose not to
believe it, but one can construct no science that disproves it.
The atheists believe that
god doesn't exist - that life is the happy and accidental result of the
confluence of a lightning bolt and a mud puddle. This too cannot be
disproved. Anyone can accept any one of these faiths secure in the
knowledge that none can prove them wrong. But with that knowledge comes
the knowledge that they cannot prove it right; that they are accepting
that position on faith alone.
The question then becomes:
what do we teach our children? At the moment we teach our children that
life probably began with a lightning bolt and a mud puddle because we
say evolution happens through random changes which accidentally help us