I was born and raised Catholic. Catholic school with nuns and priests. Adam was created by God in the Garden of Eden, and Eve from Adam’s rib. Thus, we have mankind, made in God’s likeness. Creationism. Voila!
Until I went to high school. And now those same nuns and priests were teaching us about evolution. How life on earth mutated and changed form etc. in order to adapt to this world. We saw charts of how mankind evolved, from chimp to modern man.
It is said that we share 96% of our DNA with chimps. Now new studies by archeologists provides evidence of a human-orangutan connection. Schwartz and Grehan stated that they scrutinized the hundreds of physical characteristics often cited as evidence of evolutionary relationships among humans and other great apes—chimps, gorillas, and orangutans—and selected 63 that could be verified as unique within this group (i.e., they do not appear in other primates). Of these features, the analysis found that humans shared 28 unique physical characteristics with orangutans, compared to only two features with chimpanzees, seven with gorillas, and seven with all three apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans). Gorillas and chimpanzees shared 11 unique characteristics.
So. Religion versus Science. The great debate rages on. Don’t bring this topic up at the dinner table! It breaks all the rules of socially accepted polite conversation. But topics like these excite my mind. I love this kind of mental stimulation!
I have my own version of the events. It’s a marriage of the two that makes perfect sense to me. It is said that God created man on the sixth day. Perhaps God’s “day” is really thousands of years. Maybe we don’t need to take it so literally. What if God created everything, and over time we did indeed evolve from the great apes in the perfect image and likeness of God? We were indeed his ultimate creation, refined after thousands of years of evolution. Mankind took a divergent path from the rest of the apes.
We are ALL still evolving. We get taller, wider, stronger, smarter, whatever we need to survive on planet earth. We mutate. Just look at the pictures of your grandparents at your age now, and you will see quite a difference. Actually, with all the technology and machines available now, I think we are de-evolving!
So I’m sticking with my theory. We were all created by God, and mankind evolved in his likeness. We are the top of the pyramid. Why? We have opposable thumbs!