Re: Evolution. Were we really envolve from monkeys?
I find incredibly strange that a lot of theists decide that science is invalid only when it crosses over their beliefs. Somehow you think they managed to get gravity, electromagnetism, electronics and so many other innovations right, but when it comes to the things your bible tells you, it must be wrong. There is pretty much no evidence that you would accept as good enough.
If evolution had as many holes as you make it out to have, it would have been rejected by the scientific community ages ago. Unlike religion, science constantly modifies itself, adding new theories and updating old ones. This all relies on a system of proof. There seems to be this growing trend (most likely not a recent thing) with the fundamentalists that feel that science is encroaching upon religious grounds, so they feel they must defend their beliefs and try to counter attack science. The thing with science and scientists, is they don't care about religion in the sense they are trying to disprove it. All they are doing is searching for facts and trying to explain them with logical arguments and substantiated proof. If it happens to disprove something religion says, so be it. Evolution is practically proven at this stage and the only real option you have (at least if you have a logical, open mind) is to incorporate this into your beliefs. The problem with it however, is that it happens over such a long time, it is hard to be noticed by us.
I pose this idea to you. What if god's plan was initially to make humans, but he used the process of evolution to do it. Surely such an omnipotent being would find such a task simple. What if his "design" was for a further more complete human down the line that we are just a stepping stone to. What if god just likes to see life change instead of just remaining stagnant. What makes us so much better than animals? Our intelligence? We're just lucky we managed to develop it first, otherwise we would have been wiped out. In my mind we are no different than animals.
I don't believe in a god, but it just seems disappointing to me when religious people clash with science. The two are fundamentally separate, it is possible to practice both. However, unlike religion, science must be accepted as a whole as it is all based on physical evidence.