Friday, November 11, 2016

Spectrum of Beliefs...Where do you fall?

Using the picture, the linked video below and any other research you can gather, please answer the following questions:

Why Is It Controversial? What do you think? Where do you fall on the spectrum and why (Don't Forget The Why)?  **Please make sure to read others responses! Your comment can include a conversation with others in Biology. 

If you click on the picture it will link you to a web site describing the beliefs listed in the spectrum. If you would like to watch the 6 minute VIDEO (you are not required to watch the video) before you answer the questions, please do so. The video interviews people from all sides of the issue and can be found by clicking on the blue link above.

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  1. This topic of evolution to creationism is controversial because evolution is the exact polar opposite of creationism and causes conflicts within people’s beliefs. I personally don’t know what to believe in and try to use logic to figure most things out. On the spectrum I believe that I would fall in the Theistic Evolution category because we have not found a fully believable reason for why the big bang happened for all we know it just happened. So why not put a little bit of faith in it which is what I do and as far as we know there has not been an act of god since before we started counting up in years. That is what I believe and wish to never discuss this again. THANK YOU!

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  2. I fall as a number 8. I have never been taught religion. That is not apart of my family life, both my parents are very scientific and think that anything but the scientific explanation is false. And since I have been raised in that environment, I also agree. It so controversial because people are religious and they want their beliefs to be taught, but public schools shouldn’t teach those because it is theory and there aren’t any solid facts on the theories against it. On the other hand, there are so many facts as to why evolution is a true thing that has happened, and is still occurring today.

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  3. What stance you take for what you believe in can be a very controversial topic. Religion can cloud how people view proven scientific fact because often religion was passed on by one’s parents so is believed to be true. This fact remains despite religious stories like those told in the bible are not told to be completely true and cannot be proven without an eyewitness account. This is not written to challenge religion because the beliefs of others should be respected, but the conversation is really about whether a person is willing to accept fact or belief. I personally believe that evolution has occurred and that the human race wasn’t created in an instant but rather many years of change in a species. Since these are the beliefs that I have I fall at around the agnostic evolutionism from the chart. I believe that this is where I fall because I have attended church occasionally and my mind is open to the possibilities that a higher power may exist but am not sure about that stance without proof. However I do know that evolution can be proven with fact and educated theory that I can understand through science. Saying this I do not believe that God created the human race but was more of a bystander to the events that unfolded through evolution.

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    1. I agree with Liam. I know many people that have had their head clouded by their parent's religious beliefs or their own religious beliefs. I believe that I fall on the Agnostic Evolution. I honestly and fully believe that evolution is true. I believe that it's been proven and can be supported scientifically. The thing is, I can't prove that God or a higher power isn't true. I don't really think there is but there could be a possibility. No one has ever disproved that there is a God, but no one has proved there is a God also.

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  4. Beliefs are a very controversial topic. Being humans, we believe what we say is right and what we've been taught is correct also. Religion has always been a major debate as its unknown. People have the right to choose what they believe. As for the religious spectrum scale, I believe I fall in the 4 spot, roughly. I'm a pretty religious person, as I have attended a Lutheran church all of my life. I'm not completely positive on the concept of evolution. In one point, I feel that God developed mankind and life, like a designer. Still, I believe he also designed the concept of evolution. To be honest, it's never been a controversial topic for me. It's always been that the two 'theories' coexist and that's that. Simply, I haven't put much thought into it. Still, as think as a human race, we can all think what we may of evolution. We have rights to our opinions and our beliefs, and I never want to persuade or infringe such a thing on someone else. Thanks!

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  5. Evolution is controversial because it takes on a religious view and a scientific view. With certain religions there is no in between. I think I fall under Theistic Evolution. I believe that God made elements to create life and furthermore.

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  6. This topic is very controversial because it is very personal. People care about what they believe and will stand for it. I think that I fall into the young earth creationism. I grew up learning about God, so I always believed that way. I also do not really agree with the idea that people evolved from apes. I agree that we adapted to what we are now, but it was God who created us.

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  7. Creationism and evolution are so controversial, because everyone believes in different things. Then when someone goes against what you believe people instinctively get defensive and protective of the one thing in their mind is the truth. I fall in the middle of the spectrum. Due to my belief that God created evolution and everything that was created, including the science and faith that people get so controversial about. From what I hear and believe God created the tools and events that shaped evolution.

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  8. I could say 6 fits my beliefs best, but it still doesn't cover what I actually believe to be true. I believe we come in generations, and once we've reached the highest level of consciousness we start all over again. Whether that be right or left brained. Evolution obviously plays a role in this because living on this earth we must adapt to our environment in order to survive. I don't think there is an all knowing being, say God for example. I think there are different dimensions and the highest beings live on the fourth dimension. Therefore I do believe in things like ghosts, but this is just what we call them in order to try to understand them. I was also raised up to believe in the mythical beings such as fairies and mermaids and unicorns. There is so much mystery in the world, why limit yourself?

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  9. I think evolutionism and creationism are so controversial because there are so many different opinions and beliefs today. I fall as a 4 on the spectrum. I believe in creationism and that God created our world and everything in it but how he did it is hard to know. He could have done it in 24 hour days or the days could have been longer. He could have even made the big bang happen, but He controlled it, it did not happen randomly. I do fully believe that he created humans and we did not evolve from something else. As a christian, I believe the bible to be true and it claims the earth to be designed by God.

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  10. Religion is a complicated topic and controversial one because there are many different beliefs that people can have. Due to your beliefs, some people may think your theory is outrageous, while you think theirs is. Everyone has a different viewpoint because religion can play a part into your decision or just backing it up with facts. I think several of these beliefs are crazy because they don't seem possible, but others seem more realistic. I believe I fall under Theistic Evolution because I believe God created the universe and set the basis for what all humans and animals look like, but as time has gone on, us humans and animals have adapted to where we are today. I think my belief is correct, but there are others who think theirs is also correct, and that is why religion is such a controversial topic today.

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  11. Creationism and Evolution are controversial because for many people, they see evolution as something completely different than what is taught in the bible, which is known as creationism. I am a very religious person, and I believe what is written in the bible, however I think it can coexist with evolution. Although I don't know exactly how God works, I think the amount of time it took him to create the world and everything in it (7 days) is much different than our time. Millions of years went by before things were evolving on the Earth. It's hard to comprehend both theories, but I think God works within the laws of nature. I'm not God, so therefore it is hard for me to know exactly how it works, but I do believe both evolution and creationism can work together. I think my beliefs fall under a 4 on the spectrum, Old Earth Creationism (OEC), more specifically Day-Age Creationism. This simply states that the days of Genesis are not 24-hour days and can be read as years. It's a more liberal interpretation of Genesis. I believe God's time is not the same as our time, which is why religion and the theory of the creation of the universe and the Earth is so controversial. Some people believe in creationism, others believe in evolution, while some, like myself, believe the two can coexist.

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  12. Evolutionism and creationism is a very controversial topic due to people’s religious beliefs. The theory that God created the human race is largely debated because of the clash between religion and science. Knowing this, one’s beliefs are largely influenced from the household you are raised in and what your parent’s beliefs are. I attend church and other religious events but I also strongly embrace the fact that the human race has evolved. Personally, I fall under the Theistic Evolution, but more specifically Evolutionary Creationism. This viewpoint is a blend of both science and religion, that God created the universe and life but through the evolutionary process. I embrace both biblical Christianity and biological evolution, and Evolutionary Creationism best represents my beliefs. Evolutionary Creationism offers room to side with both science and religion, and is the happy medium.

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  13. 7 fits me best, i believe in evolution. and i think you can believe in a god and evolution because evolution still happening today, we are always evolving and making ourselves better and more advanced.

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  14. 5a. Evolutionary Creationism is the closest thing to describe me. It describes me because of my religious belief in that God created the Heavens and the Earth. I think that evolution and religion can not co exist with each other. I think this because evolution goes against the religion. Well Christianity at least. Also some of the ideas and myths that some scientist come up with go against the bible. So Evolutionary Creationism is the closest thing to describe me on where I fall on the Spectrum of Beliefs.

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  15. When a topic is banned from teaching in Kansas, you know it is controversial and probably fun. Religion and Darwinism do not coincide, but instead they contradict. Creationism, or the belief that God or another supreme being created all organisms and life, refutes all evolutionary beliefs.Personally I cannot side with completely one or the other, but on the spectrum, I fall as a 7. I know that sounds relatively blasphemous, but it states that I don't think there is any necessary relationship between evolutionary science and religious issues. I think that there is a God, yet I am unsure of how exactly he works, and if evolution is a part of that. Yes, he created life, but that same life probably evolved from basic bacteria. Humans share 99.9 percent of DNA with one another and 98% with apes. This is not a coincidence, but perhaps evidence of evolution. Clearly the two believe in varying interpretations of written and spoken words, but I do believe that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that supports Darwinism and Natural selection, as well as evolution. It makes complete sense to me, but I do have a hard time fathoming the fact that a God created all life and it wouldn't further evolve once he put it on Earth. I am not saying that I don't believe, but instead I interpret Genesis as religious scripture but also a way for humans to try to explain the explainable. I do not believe in a literal translation, because there is so much evidence to evolution that contradicts the written word. Obviously, there is no right answer, and perhaps we will never know, but I support both and think that the correct answer is not one or the other. Creationism and evolution are both very interesting and perhaps they don't need to be controversial, because people should coexist and be supportive of other's beliefs.

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  16. The topic of evolution is controversial because it can directly oppose religious beliefs which upsets those who are very religious. The idea of evolution vs. creationism are both just ideas that there is no certainty in. Evolution has scientific inference to back it up but it is not proven totally right or wrong. Creationism has been around for as long as anyone can remember and although there is no factual evidence, those who believe in a higher power tend to agree with its ideas. I personally feel somewhere along the lines of 5b (Theistic evolution) and 6 (Deistic Evolution) since I am a Christian but I also believe in science and evidence. Both of these basically state that they're beliefs that God set the world up but stepped back to let things go in the path that it chooses. I believe that there is a higher power that is overseeing us and setting up morals within the soul that should be followed but the idea that our bodies can change to become more useful and adapt is also something that is plausible to me.

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  17. Evolution vs. Creationism is such a controversial topic because religion is very influential and deeply founded in our history. Religion mainly teaches that God created people, which is creationism. Evolution is a theory that says humans evolved from a new species of animals. I think that evolution and creationism are compatible together. For this reason and others, my beliefs fall under a 5. I believe that God created humans, the earth, etc, but that doesn’t mean that evolution still couldn’t have happened. There is no conclusive evidence for either of these views, so you have to use logic to create your own opinion.

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  18. This topic is so contreversal because these beliefs are often rooted deeply by parents and other influences. Growing up often kids have similar beliefs as their parents and really don't know about what other beliefs are out there. While science backs up evolution and creationism is based on beliefs, not everything in life can be explained making creationism a very valid belief. I happen to believe in both and would say I fall at about 6 (Deistic evolution) and maybe parts of 5b. I for sure believe in God but I think we evolved on our own after he created the universe. I personally think this because of the science and research used to back up the theory of evolution and because of my Christian beliefs. We are constantly changing slowly and I think that's due to Darwin's beliefs but there is still a higher power out there.

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  19. Evolution is very controversial because it is the complete opposite of everything the older generations were taught. It states that people were evolved from micro organisms but the Bible (creationism) states that God created man from dust. I fall under the 4b section of the scale, as I personally believe that creation could have happened over long periods of time. I also believe that micro evolution could have occurred during this time, but macro evolution did not occur, as God created each animal, plant, and organism, not each animal evolving from one another. Adaptation can happen (on a small scale), but I will not wake up tomorrow with gills. Many people refuse to believe creationism, because 'everything' needs to be proved by science, but the Bible has not been disproved, and scientists discoveries only further prove the existence of pure truth inside the Bible. Not one thing in the Bible has been proved wrong, so if it isn't wrong than it must be right.

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  20. The topic of evolution is very touchy for most people because of the Bible and the way in which it speaks of the creation. I believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly. According to the chart above, I feel that I fit most with the Day-Age creationism because I believe that a day in God's eye is not equal to the day in man's eye. If the days in the bible are interpreted as periods of time that are longer than a day, the possibility of science and religion coexisting is not that far-fetched. I certainly do not know everything about the Bible or all about the science of evolution, but i do wish to seek understanding about both and come up with answers that help grow my testimony of God while also explaining how the world came to be. I enjoy learning about the science behind evolution and how life began and hope to seek understanding not only from science but also from God on why life is on this earth and how it came to be.

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  21. The topic of evolution is extremely controversial because of the conflicting beliefs that can be in schools. Depending on what people believe they will either feel offended by the things taught in school or they will not. Many will argue that they must teach religion in schools as well. But if they did this they would have to teach all religions in school. However I feel that there is no reason that the two can't coexist. I fall under the section of 5b. This is the belief that god helped set the universe in motion. He then stepped back to let things unfold has they would. I believe this because there is solid proof of evidence of evolution, however before that it is really just guessing. I believe that god is the answer to this question. He helped create us and still watches over us to see what happens, however he does not interfere. I think it is necessary to come together to realize it doesn't have to be so black and white. And that evolution and creationism and exist together.

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  22. The spectrum of beliefs is very controversial because when we talk about religion, it makes people very uncomfortable. I have had many discussions with my dad about religion and we can never seem to agree on certain topics. I would say that I fall under the Agnostic Evolutionism category because I don't completely deny the possibility of a higher being, but I do believe in evolution.

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  23. This topic is very controversial because so many people have different thinkings of their religion, and they may or may not agree with what other people say. This is also very personal and that makes it controversial too. According to this diagram, I would consider myself Atheistic Evolutionism. I fall into this category, because I don’t think of myself as a very religious person. I wasn’t grown up to go to church every sunday. Although In the past, I have been with a couple of friends to their churches, and it’s a whole new concept to me. It’s a cool thing to learn sometimes, but I don’t think that schools need to teach the different types of religions. I think that if kids want to learn it maybe there can be a class for it, but I don’t think everyone should learn it if they don't want to.

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  24. This topic is controversial because of how people have been raised and brought up. If a person is brought up being told that everything was created by god and that the bible is literal, then why wouldn't they believe that? Also people want to believe that they have a purpose on this earth. With creationism, people have no purpose. My personal belief is that the bible is a book of stories that are meant to teach us morals. Not to be taken literal. I also believe fully in creationism. I would place myself at agnostic evolution.

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  25. I think that creationism and evolution are controversial because two have completely different beliefs. While they have completely different beliefs, one can believe some of one, and some of the other, you don’t necessarily have to be one or the other. On the spectrum the closest one I fall to is Flat Earthism. I really believe in what is said in the Bible and what was in Genesis with the creating of Earth, but I don’t believe that the Earth is a flat disc because we have seen pictures taken of Earth, and it is a sphere, so it has been proven true. This is why I don’t believe in evolutionism because it hasn’t been proven, only a theory, or belief. This is also true with my belief of the Bible, it could not be true, but that is why it is a belief, which is why I call evolutionism a belief as well, because people believe in it without actually knowing it is true. They are controversial because both have different beliefs and go against what each believe.

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  26. Evolution and creationism are such controversial topics because neither side can be fully proven. There are many different beliefs and theories out there, but none are correct because it hasn’t been proven yet. It will be a controversial topic forever unless someone can prove a side, but who knows when or if that will ever happen. After looking at the spectrum, I would say I fit under Evolutionary Creationism. I don’t completely believe in evolution but I also don’t fully believe in creationism. I think the two can be intertwined with each other and aren’t complete opposites like many people think. For example, God could’ve placed bacteria on Earth and then that evolved into us. I definitely lean more towards evolution, but like I said, since neither has been proven true I believe in both.

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  27. The topic of evolution generates many different thoughts and opinions. People have different opinions and beliefs because of the way that they have been brought up and the society that surrounds them. If a person is brought up to believe that God was the one who created the heavens and earth, then they will believe that God was the one who made everything and spoke everything into creation. However, if a person is not brought up by faith but rather by science, then they are more likely to believe that Evolution is the way that everything was created. I agree with 4b, because being christian knowing God’s perspective of everything is different from a human’s. A day in God’s eyes could be eons in a human’s eyes.People have also brought up the argument of why Evolution is taught in schools but religion is not. Brittany Hannah says: “people are religious and they want their beliefs to be taught, but public schools shouldn’t teach those because it is theory and there aren’t any solid facts on the theories against it. On the other hand, there are so many facts as to why evolution is a true thing that has happened, and is still occurring today.”, however I have to disagree. Many people bring up the point that creationism is based on beliefs and not facts. With that point, I beg to differ because the bible is simply one form of evidence that there was a God, also there have been many other discoveries that creationism does exist. Evolution though is a scientific theory, and many people will say that there are facts to prove that evolution is real. I believe in God, however I do not shun the people that believe that evolution is the way that life came to be.

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  29. Evolution vs Creationism is controversial because the fact of evolution is something that threatens the legitimacy of the bible. Although lots of people would like to believe that fully accepting the truth of evolutionism would refute christianity entirely, this is untrue. Evolution can exist with or without religious implications. It is not so black and white as people make it seem. There is room for lots of grey and accepting of both theories. Even though I do not follow a religion that is impacted by this, I believe there is always an equilibrium to be struck between two topics. Although one is fact and another is philosophy, people can live by different parts of such things if they wish.

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  30. Evolution versus creationism is one of the most controversial topics of our time - but why is it so? One thing that most everybody can agree on is that part of what makes us human is our ability to ask existential questions. Human have an innate need to learn as much as they can. Fear of the unknown was fear of death in earlier times, for what we didn't know, was dangerous. We asked ourselves, "Why are we here?" and "How did we get here?" Eventually, people began to see the answer to both questions as: "We were put here by an external deity." Almost all religions follow this simple bit of doctrine, whether it is one or hundreds of deities. As the big three Abrahamic Religions converted, or force-converted, millions around the globe to their principles and dogma, the common thought was that one, central deity created humans and everything else on the planet. This concept didn't change for nearly 2,000 years, and it wasn't until really only the early 1800s when scientific evidence began to challenge those beliefs. Evidence such as the discovery by bold western pioneers that mastodons were extinct, and other small advances in science, culminated in the mid 1800s when a naturalist by the name of Charles Darwin published a controversial book called "On The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Species in the Struggle for Life." So to sum up, The Theory of Evolution is a relatively new theory, compared to millennia of religious beliefs. It is controversial because people who grew up knowing only Creationism and other religious beliefs of the Abrahamic Religions, were suddenly confronted with something radically different than what they knew. The differences between Creationism and Evolutionism are big, but none so much as that Creationism has one thing which Evolutionism doesn't: It provides an answer to the "why." Why are we here? Creationism states that we were put here to worship a god, cherish that god, and do things in the name of that god. Evolutionism, on the contrary, is a means for people to say that life is what you make of it, and that we are here because we deserve to be: we won the battle in natural selection, at least for now. Both Creationism and Evolutionism empower the people who choose to believe either of them, but in fundamentally different ways. (CONTINUED ON PART 2)

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  31. (CONTINUED FROM PART 1) As you can likely tell, I fall as an 8 on the scale, or an Atheistic Evolutionist. I am this way for two big reasons: The arguments using the Christian Bible/Jewish Torah are not provable, and while there are solid, cold, facts to support Evolution, Creationism is based only on belief. The Cristian Bible/Jewish Torah is FULL of contradictions within itself, and was written hundreds of years after the events which it describes supposedly took place, by dozens of people. Anybody would say that a textbook written like that would be complete rubbish as an educational tool, and that is my problem with the Bible. If it is meant to be taken as a textbook, it should be cleaned up a bit and use primary sources, not rely on a "he told her, who told him, who told her, who told me" kind of source. The argument using the Bible to prove Creationism goes a little like this: "So how can you be sure that everything that is said about creationism in your Bible is true?" 'It is the word of the lord our god!' "So how do you know for sure that it is the word of god?" "It says so right in the Bible!' If you were to use that debate for anything other than religion, you would lose the argument. "So how do you know that everything in the media is true?" "They say it's true!" "But how do you know they aren't lying?" "The media said it, and they are always true!" That point is where I would stop talking to somebody, as I realize there is no point debating an argument when they clearly have no facts on their side. Additionally, there are nearly 160 years of gathered data, observations, and multiple studies that can confirm Natural Selection, whereas there is no conclusive evidence pointing towards Creationism other than the fact that I cannot totally disprove it. If someone said that to me, I would simply respond that they do not have a brain, because they cannot disprove my statement. Just because you cannot totally disprove something doesn't make it real or not real. For example, a study over the early 1900s showed something remarkable in peppered moths in London. As the use of coal increased, so did the soot that eventually coated almost all of London in a thick black layer of carbon. There was originally a greater population of speckled moths (white with black spots) to solid black moths (of the same species). As the soot levels increased, black moths became harder to spot when resting on sooty surfaces, thus making it harder for predators to spot them. The population became isolated, as nearly only solid black moths lived in London, because the speckled ones were killed off. Before, in 1800, dark moths made up only 2% of the population. By 1855, dark moths now made up 98% of the population, and Natural Selection for darker colors was attained. (Famous Peppered Moths Dark Secret Revealed, BBC.) Studies like these are solid evidence for the Theory of Natural Selection, and therefore, Evolution. I choose to believe in the scientific community because science is constantly reevaluated, and as new data comes in, is updated. This allows for conclusions based solely on the facts we have, and I for one love the facts, which is why I choose Evolution over Creationism. (I also have problems with some of the atrocities committed in the names of religions, but that is another story.)

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    1. I challenge you to think outside the box. Think less about facts and how people change their lives drastically for a "religion" like mine. Why would they do so if they had a doubt in their mind about the truancy of creationism. As a christian, I rely on faith and not facts even though there is facts associated with the bible. I don't blame at all for thinking this way, and I respect your beliefs because we have freedom and neither is fully proven. But I promise if you ever really gave God a chance, he would change your life.

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  34. Creationism vs. Evolution is one of the most controversial topics in the history of modern man. This controversy stems from the fact that neither is fully provable. There is evidence for both, but it's impossible to know for sure. Personally, I fall somewhere between 4 & 4c. I can't really be definitive about which one though, as there are so many interpretations of Genesis. I believe that God created the earth, but exactly how that happened, I don't know. Some will argue that this stance is nonsensical, because there's lots and lots of evidence for evolution. While this true, I also believe there's a solid amount of evidence for creationism. Some ideas in evolution just don't seem fathomable to me. Creation may seem crazy in other ways, but I've seen enough evidence of God in other areas that, to me, it makes much more sense.

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  35. The reason that this is controversial is because it brings religion and science into the same conversation so there will always be people that are on the one side of the spectrum and people on the opposite side. I think that it shouldn’t be controversial it is just a scale that you can choose to believe or to ignore but there will always be people that think otherwise. On the scale I fall under the Agnostic Evolutionist because I believe that people should be free to practice religion without me doing so as well. I do have some reason from science to believe that evolution does occur.

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  37. I think the debate over creationism and evolution is controversial because they directly fight each others beliefs. Personally I fall as an 8 on the scale and I am not religious but I see where both sides are coming from. Both sides are not perfectly proven so until one is completely proven (though there is evidence on both sides they are both theories) the debate will continue. It is understandable that many people do not want to abandon their faith and evolution has some problems as well. Personally I believe in evolution because I am not religious and it just makes sense to me. Small changes in the traits that affect organisms might give some an advantage so they can better survive. They then pass on the traits to the offspring are better adapted as well. Over time the changes add up and a new species is born. This just makes sense for me but I respect the opinions of others on the subject.

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  38. I think that creationism vs. evolutionism is extremely controversial mainly because of religion. Creationism is based on religion whereas evolutionism is believed to be based on scientific evidence. I believe that I fall on number 4c on the spectrum scale. Personally, I along with my family are religious and we believe that everything could have been created by God. However, I also believe in microevolution and that small things can evolve over time. I think that both evolution and creationism should be taught to everyone at some point of their education so that they can know both sides of the story. I personally lean more towards creationism. If both sides of the story are taught to people, it can significantly change what they believe and I agree with both being taught. Also, people can believe whatever they want and so knowing both sides won't hurt anyone. In the end, I think that everyone should understand the controversy to both sides so they can choose what to believe.

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  39. This topic of evolution to creationism is one of the most controversial topics because evolution is the exact polar opposite of creationism and causes conflicts within people’s beliefs. Personally, don’t know what to believe in and, most of the time I try to use logic to figure most things out. On the spectrum I believe that I would fall in the Theistic Evolution category because we have not found a fully believable reason for why the big bang happened for all we know it just happened. Within the Christian world creationism was once widely believed to be true, but since the mid-19th century evolution by natural selection has been established as an empirical scientific fact. While the controversy has a long history,[6][7] today it has retreated to be mainly over what constitutes good science education,[8][9] with the politics of creationism primarily focusing on the teaching of creation and evolution in public education. In my opinion, the theory of evolution makes more sense than creationism, but that is mainly because I have never been in environments that include creationism. Although both sides of the debate seem to be completely contradicted, both sides of the debate seem to recognize each side equally. Over time, I feel like the debate will slowly come to a end and one side will end up "winning".

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  40. I think the topic of evolution versus creationism is controversial because, similarly to genetics and traits, nobody believes in the exact same thing. Even within a family, there can be different variations of belief on the topic. Also, a lot of people aren’t willing to listen to someone else’s views on the topic, as we saw in our class discussion on Monday. A lot of people can be very close minded about things they don’t like and it really prevents any good conversation and understanding from ever happening. Personally, I fall on the Agnostic Evolutionism side. I have never been big on going to church or anything like that, but I respect people who do. So I am mostly atheist, but couldn’t quite get on board with the Atheist Evolutionist side. Because of that, I decided on Agnostic because I believe that science and religion are different when it comes to talking about evolution. I just don’t have a particular reason to believe that God is why we’re here and I agree with the idea that it’s science that caused of evolution. To me, this category seemed like the most moderate, which is how I feel about the topic, so I decided on it.

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  41. Evolution vs Creationism is a topic that is very controversial. Evolution has research done by scientists and creationism has belief by its followers.

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  42. Evolution and Creationism are controversial because both disprove the other idea. They cannot coexist without conflict for it becomes a matter of which is correct and neither can be state fact or proven. The ideas counter each other so no matter which side you choose to fall on, there will alway be the fall back and arguments coming from the opposing side. While looking through the spectrum, I decided to associate with number 7, the Agnostic Evolution. I cannot say that I full trust what I cannot see and I have not grown up with the idea of creationism. I have relied on science to answer the question but I do not totally disagreed the religious ideas. I think there is a large possibility to creationism. I also believe that both could be apparent but because neither have been officially proven as fact, I stay as Agnostic Evolution.

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  43. The topic of evolution vs creationism is so controvserial because it's a touchy subject for both extremes on each side. There's so many beliefs that go into play for both sides. However, I would say that on the scale I fall into is the Agnostic evolution spectrum. Personally, I don't believe in creationism because I'd rather understand facts rather completely rely on my faith for answers. Although I understand both sides, I still stand with what I believe. I have taken the time to educate myself and for me, evolution makes the most sense.

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  44. The topic of Evolutionism vs creationism is so controversial because everyone has different ideas of how everything came to be. Creationists think that everything came from one God, while Evolutionists think that everything's was an accident, that it was a scientific miracle because of a big bang. Both sides think that there is no proof for their counter argument.  However, some argue that there is plenty of proof for the other which brings up the people who believe in both.  Where God made the world, but animals did adapt and change through evolution. Personally, I believe in both. I think that God created the heavens and the earth and space, and there has been evidence helping the biblical points of views, but I also think that there are some scientific facts that help prove there is SOME evolution.  For example, the story of Moses when he split the red sea, and Rameses’ forces getting crushed under the force of the water all those years ago, scientists just found skeletal remains in the red sea along with the chariots and horse bones, how do you explain that evolutionists? All I know is that there are biblical facts and scientific facts which can support both beliefs.  It all depends on what you think and what you have to prove yourself.

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  45. Evolution is controversial because most religious text and practices directly oppose the prospect of evolution as designed by scientists. This encourages people to choose between their personal faith and scientific analysis for answers to evolution. Personally, I fall on the lower part of the spectrum, between agnostic evolution and atheistic evolution. This is because I would rather believe the objectively true facts of scientific theory on the matter rather than put all of my faith into the rather speculative idea of a deity controlling or kick-starting the process of evolution.

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  46. The United States is overwhelmingly Christian, therefore making the entire thing biased towards Christian beliefs. I am personally agnostic, meaning I don't claim to believe in a god because I don't know whether or not there is one. This is not the same thing as atheism, the opposition of any god. Religion has always been controversial, and while I would not lump evolution into religion, it often is anyways. This is essence causes people to oppose evolution, causing conflict.

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  47. Evolution and Creationism in my opinion is viewed in 2 different spectrum. I believe you either believe in evolution or creationism. We all could sit and agree to disagree about how each topic is controversial to one another. This can also go back to what you were raised up to believe or even what has drawn you closer. What I strongly believe is that God created the Earth and everything and everyone on it. He also created Heaven and Hell, as well as Satan, so stating whether believing in creationism or evolution I have to say creationism because I rely on my faith then facts from humans. On the scale I think I fall Geocentrist. We all have our own opinions on what we believe and that showed in Monday's blog "fishbowl" discussion, I totally respect everybody's opinion. The only reason why I believe what I do is because if I believed in Evolution that means the Earth just magically created its self by some asteroid or something like that. Also there is some belief that we were created by apes or monkeys, my only question to that is what created the monkeys or apes? Genesis 2:21 So overall each of us has own belief and we all have our own controversial opinions about each side.

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  48. Evolution is very controversial thing. I believe that god created everything on this earth and all the beauty in it like life.

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  49. The Creationism vs. Evolution spectrum is controversial. The spectrum attempts to categorize different beliefs of different people into one chart. This makes it controversial because with the two topics of Creationism and Evolution, there is a large grey area between the topics. This means that there are lots of different opinions that people have. This chart fails to acknowledge all of the differences in opinions. While most people see that creationism and Evolution are two completely different subjects, I like to believe that they are one in the same, like Yin and Yang. One cannot exist without the other. Evolutionism uses scientific fact to prove that humans evolved. While Creationism uses religion to explain that humans evolved. These two subjects, however, both talk about a way that explains how humans got to where we are today. When looking at the chart, I discovered that I am a 7: Agnostic Evolution. I felt like I fit into this category because while I believe in evolutionism, I know other people believe in creationism, and that's fine, because the two are related. I am caught in the middle ground with this topic. While I personally believe in evolutionism, but at the same time, I can understand why people who believe in creationism believe creationism. Since these two topics are related, then both of them must be correct. Evolution had science to explain it’s theory. Creationism had religion to explain it’s theory. People think that Creationism vs. Evolution is a controversial topic, but it shouldn’t be. Everyone is talking about the same idea: how we got to where we are today, but we all have different opinions of this main topic. While we are busy debating/fighting about this topic, it is important to think about how the two are related to each other, and how they are really the same thing.

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  50. I am on the Theistic Evolution side of this argument. I believe that this is where I am most compatible with where my beliefs stand. This is because I don’t know if there is a Supreme Being, but if there is, I would think that they would start the process and let it continue as it would if it had happened naturally. Who knows, it is quite possible I am wrong. But then again, science is always changing, so, theoretically, we are all wrong in the long run. This is such a controversial topic because of the fact that creationism and evolution are on opposite sides of the scale, and many have very strong beliefs with both sides and everything in between. This leads to argumentative conversation, with its added controversy, when dealing with this subject.

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  51. Evolution is a very controversial topic for many reasons. Not only does it go against multiple religions and the ideas that are presented by them, but it also is a hard concept for people to grasp. Many people find evolution hard to understand since it can not be completely seen in one entire lifetime, you have to rely on remains from long ago, and confusing scientific research. Although many believe that religion and evolution are two ideas that are complete opposites, the two can, and many times do, coexist. Many beliefs such as old earth creationism, progressive creationism, intelligent design, evolutionary creationism, and theistic evolution use aspects from both evolutionary and religious beliefs. Personally, as both a devoted Christian and a lover of the sciences, I mainly stand with ideas presented by theistic evolution. The beliefs of theistic evolution include the ideas, that evolution is totally compatible with the bible, more specifically, “that God set the wheels of cosmic and biological creation rolling at the dawn of creation and then stepped back, letting things unfold as they may,” (allviewpoints.org). As long as the book of Genesis is not viewed with literal interpretation, one can believe in both a greater being and the theory of evolution.

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  52. Why Is It Controversial? What do you think? Where do you fall on the spectrum and why (Don't Forget The Why)?

    It is understandable that this is a topic of controversy because there is a spiritual/faithful side of humans- pertaining to all religions- and the curious human mind. Curiousity has brought a group of humans to research the topic and find evidence of a theory unsupported by those guided by faith. The extreme devotion to the "black or white" of the "Creationism OR Evolutionism" causes the controversiality. It is because one group is so certain that they are right, that they must force the idea upon the rest of the population. Before the 20th century, the majority of the nation believed in a strict form of Creationism, but when Evolutionism was introduced as an idea, suddenly all that was known has been questioned. This left the people in a frenzy of the uncertain, and I believe it is in human nature to reject the feeling of uncertainty- thus the controversial aspects of this topic. The stubbornness to be openminded may be rooted back to the large role religion played in everyone's lives and when that was questioned, the sense of courtesy is forgotten in order to get rid of the doubt. I would categorize myself under a Theistic Evolution. Personally having an extent of faith in my life, I can't find settle on a conclusion in which God, or a larger being, did not have a hand in the creation of living, intelligent life. On the other hand, I'm passionate about science and the logical part of me does not refute the sense of the theories mankind has researched. To me, I think it makes sense that God, or a larger being, created the universe, the world, the Earth, and from there, evolution took place over trillions of years. This would account for the evidence that has been found relation to evolution, yet explain how it all started.

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  53. I believe that any subject regarding evolution will always bring an argument because that topic questions the god someone believes in and ultimately how someone lives there life. I personalty think that creation and evolution can coexist at some level. I am not claiming to know a lot about either side of the argument but being a reasonable logical and faithful person I think that a higher power call it what you want created the universe and everything in it but also that over time things did evolve and adapt. I believe that the bible is not something meant to be taken literal at all times and is more a guide on how to lead a healthy and I also believe that deny some higher power is not logical. On the spectroscope I would put myself at a 5 (Theistic Evolution), I would put my self here because I think there are truths in both and it is an open onion in the seance that it is not closed off to further information and enables growth.

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  54. This is a controversial topic because it puts science vs. religion. It almost causes people to choose a side and when people need to choose a side there is going to be drama or controversy because of opposing beliefs. I personally believe more in evolution because I think that it has more proof and fact in it. It's just something that I find much easier to believe in. On the spectrum I fall under number 7, Agnostic Evolution because I am not really someone who wants or chooses to take a stand on things that are related to faith or religion. I believe more in evolution but I understand and accept that others believe in Creationsim, I just know that I prefer to follow the facts rather than follow a faith.

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  55. Evolution and creationism are two very controversial topics that are often argued about. I believe in creationism and that God created our world and Adam and Eve. On the spectrum I fall as a 4 with Old Earth Creationism.

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  56. These two subjects contradict because I believe they co exist. I believe in micro evolution, so I stand at 4c on the spectrum. I believe this because I have faith as a christian that God created the earth. I feel like God gave the basic building blocks for micro evolution to happen. God created evolution. People can say evolution has facts, and thats why I believe in it, not just all of it. Creationism involves some facts too. My belief is based off faith and I am proud to say that. I could completely understand why someone would result to evolution, especially when it is the only explanation to the world if you don't believe in any God. The biggest reason it is so controversial is because neither is 100% proven, and that's why no one person of one party could fully top the other party. I strongly agree with Spencer Fleming. A day in God's eyes may not be 24 hours. This will make anyone wonder if evolution and creationism co exist, how do they? But I have a feeling no one will know until they die.

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  57. The reason why Evolution and Religion are controversial is because people don’t know what to teach in schools. Some religions don’t support the theory of evolution and that’s why it is difficult to decide on what to teach. On the spectrum I am Agnostic Evolution. The reason I am this is because I believe that Religion and Evolution are two completely separate topics that don’t relate to eachother. You can either believe that man didn’t start as monkeys or you can believe that we have evolved. Both Evolution and Religion should be taught in schools because they’re both ideas students should learn about to see what they’re opinion is. What should be taught is the ideas behind Religion and Evolution and how they were created.

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  58. Evolution is a controversial subject because where there are a lot of facts backing up evolution there are also some things that people believed could not be explained by science but instead by a higher power. I think the reason that evolution is so controversial is because to some people if you believe in evolution than you don’t believe in a god. This isn’t always the reason that it can be controversial but I definitely think that it’s one of the reasons. I also think that some people have strong opinions because of the way they were raised. That’s not a bad thing that’s just the way that they think. I would say that on the spectrum I fall under agnostic evolutionism. I fully believe in evolution. But I also don’t know what to believe on the terms of faith. I feel that there should always be a separation between science and religion. Because when they mix is when we get the disconnection that begins to cause problems. I will leave by saying that everyone is entitled to their opinions and we shouldn’t attack someone for they way that they think.

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  59. This is such a controversial issue because evolution goes against what it says in the bible. In the bible it says that the Earth in six days not that long ago, but evolution says that it has taken 13.7 billion years since the big bang and the creation of earth. I think that both can be true. I don't know how the universe was made so there must have been some supernatural being that created it. Also human civilization has only been around for 6,000 years so we wouldn't really know how long it took. On the spectrum I would be under 5a, which is Evolutionary Creationism. I would be here because I think that both could be true. The part of the genesis that makes me more for evolution is that the time and dates do not add up.

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  60. I thank that creationism vs. Darwinism can be controversial because there seems to be no grey are in between. You either believe in evolution or you don't. Evolution also can not be witnessed in one person's generation; instead it happens gradually overtime. This makes it harder to believe because you can not see it visually. However, I think that there is an area in between evolution and creationism. I would place myself as 5b Theistic Evolution. This is because I believe that God could of created the world but did not create animals as they are found today. In order for animals to adapt and survive I feel that they had to evolve and change to benefit and thrive in their local environment and habitat. I think theistic evolution gives people a way to believe in both God and evolution.I think that evolution should be taught scientifically and people can choose to believe what they want too. I think it should be taught because Darwin's theory of evolution gives a basis for how animals came to be how they are now and how they were made in the first place.

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  61. The topic of evolution and creationism is a very controversial topic due to different religious beliefs. Not everybody will always believe the same thing because everyone has their own opinion. Some people deny other people's opinion and they aren't willing to listen to someone else's point of view on the topic. In my own opinion I believe that science and religion are different when it comes to evolution. I believe in God and I believe that he is the reason that we are all here.

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  62. I think that this is a controversial topic because science and one of the major world religions contradict each other. 83% of Americans identify themselves as Christians but scientific fact is fact. The bible says that God placed man on earth in one day and Darwin’s evolution theory is that man evolved from a type of ape over millions of years. I think that people want to believe in their religion but also have to admit to scientific fact. I also think that one reason why it is so controversial is because some people feel very strong for one side or the other. I think that there is a way to incorporate religion in with science. I am a christian and I believe in the word of God but I believe that the bible shouldn’t be read word for word. I think that it is more of a reference and it is the moral of the parables and the concept. I also believe in a version where the bible and Darwin’s theory is correct. I think that God created the ape and slowly changed the ape into a man and is constantly changing creatures on earth through science. I don’t know if this is always what I will believe in but this is what I think about it now. On the spectrum I fall either in the Old Earth Creationism or Theistic Evolution. I fall under Old Earth Creationism because I think that it is a longer timeline than the bible makes it appear. I fall under Theistic Evolution because I think that there is more than one way to interpret the bible and that things may not have happened word for word. I believe there is a way for science and religion to coexist.

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  63. This concept of religion and evolution being a controversial topic I feel like it is because religion especially is in general a very touchy topic to talk about. One thing they say never to talk about with friends is religion because it is so controversial. That being said there is a spectrum of how you believe in evolution and/or creationism. On that spectrum I feel like I fall under Theistic evolution. I say this because I believe primarily in evolution but I feel like a lot of the ideas can include some scriptures in the bible. This was the section that best described me since I was raised christian but I feel like I am a very logical person and evolution made more sense to me but there is always going to be a part of me that has to believe in creationism.

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  64. The concept of Evolution being taught in school and just in general has been a very controversial topic because it interferes with religions. Religion is a very personal and sometimes a very touchy matter for some people. The theory on how the earth was created is thoroughly based on what you believe on a religions standpoint. Through my eyes, this concept of every religion having a theory on how the earth was created really makes the concept a Evolution a religion in a way. Yes there is a lot more facts behind it but it is still not 100% true 100% of the time. Therefore people have to choose to believe in it just like they have to choose to believe in lots of religions. That is why it is controversial, because it is more like a religion in itself and therefore steps on what some other religions believe. Based on the spectrum, I see myself falling into the category of Progressive Creationism. I believe I am in this section because I believe in God and believe that he created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. He created everything, but I also do believe that since that time, animals and plants have changed overtime and become more habitat in their environment and respond to change. Because I have a strong faith and believe in creationism but also believe that animals have responded to change and changed themselves, puts me into the category of Progressive Creationism.

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  65. The topic of creationism vs. evolutionism is controversial for the reason that no one truly knows how humans, or other organisms, or even the world was formed. Therefore, there are several theories, either scientific or religious describing how humans were possible created. It is very debateable whether a higher being or nature caused the formation of life. No person was alive in that time period. I believe that there is a balance between both evolutionism and creationism. The science of Charles Darwin’s theory has been proven, however, I also think that some topics within the Bible could be true, as well. On the spectrum, I fall somewhere between believing in evolutionary creationism and theistic evolution. Trusting facts to support the theory of evolution, I believe it shows the science concept of creation, however I believe in a non-literal view of the Bible because some things within it have been proven in modern times to not be true.

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  68. I think that the topic of evolution and creationism are controversial because evolution says that men evolved over time where creationism says that man was created by god and so the two go against each other and it seems if you believe in one you can't believe in the other. I think that evolution has evidence behind it and when you learn about it makes sense so I fall under the Atheistic evolution category because I think evolution makes the most sense and I don't believe in god. I think a reason I might fall under this category is because my parents were never religious so I didn't even learn that people believed in god until I was older so by then to me it sounded absurd so I think the major reason I fall into this category is because I didn't grow up in a religious family.

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  69. This topic is very controversial since we are taught many different ways in believing. There is not 100% facts on either side so it is something you just have to choose. I personally believe in creationism because thats what I grew up learning and what I think is true. Another thing I think about is if you believe in god you go to heaven.So, why believe in something like evolution where you have nothing to look forward too. I think believing in creationism help me out because I have something to look forward to when I die. Sine reading the bible I do believe in creationism because in the bible it is written by a tons of different people and time periods and it lines up perfectly. Since my beliefs are pretty conservative I fall into the category of YEC or young earth creation. Maybe because of my parents beliefs but after researching and going to church I really start to believe and think that it is true

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  70. I think evolution is a controversial because it's based on what specific people believe in, and that's either a scientific view or a religious view. I personally don't see it as the scientific viewing because I'm a follower of God and I believe from the Bible that he created this Earth and put people/things on it that he wanted to. I also truly believe, that if somehow a planet called 'Earth', showed up in a thing so called a 'galaxy', and nature, human beings, animals, etc. were put here from something but we don't know what or have a story from. I don't believe that for a second. I honestly believe that, there was someone in charge, and decided to create life on a planet, and created the most beautiful things mankind, and having many, many stories all in which I believe are true, is truly how we all came to this wonderful thing called life and how it started.

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  71. This topic is controversial because what people believe is based on they way that they are raised. Some are extremely religious which would cause them to thim something different from someone who grew up without the religion. I personally did not grow up with that much religion in my life, therefore my thought about evolution. In my point of view I don't see it as Evolutionary Creationism. I see more into the scientific proof of what all happened. For me it is easier to believe in something with scientific facts such as Darwin's theory of Evolution through Natural Selection. But with growing up with some religious influence I can see how the Creationism theory is made.

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  72. Evolution is a very controversial topic because it interferes with people’s faith and beliefs. Many people in the world follow what the Bible says; that God created the world. Yet, lots of people believe the scientific theories on how the Earth was made and how it evolved for thousands of years. Before following Christ, I used to think that most of these evolution theories were true because that was what I learned in school. But as I was introduced to the Bible, I learned that God created the world (others may not agree) and that’s what I believe from now on. Yea, there might be scientific evidence to back up those theories but there is also evidence in the Bible, which makes this such debatable topic.

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  73. The topic of Evolution is very Controversial because it is an argument that is between Religion and science. When both of these get mixed together people have very strong opinions. It is like politics. Personally on the spectrum I fall on 5b or Theistic Evolution. This is when I believe that God or a Superficial being created the universe and let it be and just watched what happened. I believe this because there is a lot of evidence to support the idea of Evolution but there are some holes. These holes can be filled by religion. For example the big bang. There is evidence to proof this but it came out of nothing. This nothing is where i believe that a superficial being created the universe.

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  74. Evolution is a very controversial topic because it's an argument between religion and science and some people follow the Bible and others don't. People have strong opinions on there behave in this argument some believe god created the universe and all the living things in it and others think it's evolution but who really knows there is plenty of evidence to support both religion and evolution. I fall between them there is plenty of evidence to support that a super being created the universe and there is evidence that evolution could be a thing as well.

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  75. This topic is controversial because it goes against many religions and it is basically science vs. religion. I think I fall into the Theistic Evolution category. I think that both beliefs are possible and that it is not just a black and white/yes and no matter. I think there can be a mix of both and depending on what you believe in 1 side can be stronger than the other or you just completely believe in 1.

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  76. Evolution is a concept that is talked about by many people. There are many different arguments such as religion and science. When these two groups of people come together and talk, it is very controversial. People think that evolution should not be taught in school because it is a topic like religion. This shouldn't be taught in school because like religion, there are many different opinions. Others think that evolution should be taught in school because it is a very important topic to people and they think that there needs to be more information spread about it. Although, there is a lot of evidence to support evolution, there are still people that believe it shouldn't be taught in school.

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  77. Evolution is a very controversial topic because it interferes with people’s faith and beliefs. It is the conflict between religion and science. This is a major issue because many people think that god created the universe but others think that evolution happened because is has been proven by science. Many things about evolution have not been explained like where did the universe come from which people who believe in creationism think that god created the universe but people who think the big bang theory happended have a different opinion . This could be true but we aren't certain who created the universe and which theory is correct until we have evidence.

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  78. Everyone had different view on Evolution but I believe I fall between Young Earth Creationism and the Old Earth Creationism section of the spectrum. Old Earth Creationism is the belief that god created the universe billions of years ago and Young Earth Creationism is the belief that god created the earth less than 10,000 years ago. I fall between these two because I believe in god but I am unsure still when he exactly began to create the earth.

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  79. I have noticed both views of creation and evolution are supported in their own ways but I believe that creationism is how the world was created because the world is so perfectly made and everything around it and if it wasn't we wouldn't be living at all.

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  80. The topics of Evolution and Creationism are, as stated by many other people, is very controversial. I personally don't have a specific place I fall on the spectrum. I prefer not to label myself with a specific belief, rather I want to form my own belief. I believe more in creationism than I do evolution, but there are some parts of evolution that seem realistic to me. But, I base what I believe from evolution on what I already believe in creationism. So ultimately I believe that there can be a mix of both evolution-ism and creationism, and that I do not fall anywhere specific.

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  81. This is a very controversial topic because many people do not like to believe that they are wrong and be told that what they believe isn't true. This created a lot of controversy because some people trust the science and others are very religious and think god did all of the work on earth. Although some people believe that evolution needs to be taught in school, other people believe that it should stay out of school, and refuse to even listen to what they are learning. I believe that I fall around 5,5a, and 5b. I believe that both god laid some of the foundation for evolution to happen, and then evolution continued on and flowed like god wanted it to. I also think that it is not black and white and there are a lot of grey areas that we do not know about and it is not fair to say one is right and one is wrong when we do not have the full information to say what really happened and what didn't.

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  82. The idea of Evolutionism and Creationism are a topic that can can spark much controversy. From my eyes, I veiw the two things as the same thing, yet different. On that scale, I tend to fall at a 4c. While I definatley believe in my religion, I also know that there has to be some science behind it all. While there are many people are either all for the science and believe every detail in the world starting form a single cell, there are also others who place their faith completly in their religion. I feel that this tpic always brings up the idea that one person is wrong and the other is right. I believe that while in my heart my view is correct, the others could also be correct as well.

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  83. If I had to choose what side of the spectrum I am on, I would say I am an Agnostic Evolutionist. I am open to the idea of creationism, but I just want a little more proof of the idea of God. I support evolution more than than Christianity. If cells phones can go from bricks to hand held internet devices, I think that humans, a little more complex than phones, can develop into better creatures. I find it harder to believe that some almighty God created everything that lies before us. Furthermore, I think that there is some controversy because people have a hard time not being right, or having something that had been celebrated as a tradition for centuries being challenged. I think it is also controversial because of the way it is taught. A lot of people believe it is taught as fact. I don't believe that. I understand it to be a developing theory which still needs some more evidence to prove it to be true. The amount of evidence is sufficient to me. I don't think there will ever be enough evidence to convince ALL creationists.

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  84. I would choose to be on the side of evolution. I think there is a lot of proof going along with this thought and a lot of scientific research. That is what I need to believe something. This topic is very controversial because of the different religious beliefs and scientific discoveries. I can see why people fall on the side of creationism over evolution. Many religions go directly against evolution and side with creationism which is why it is so controversial in school teachings too. I don't think it should be an issue teaching evolution in school, you can be taught the theory of evolution but you can still think for yourself. Believe what you want to believe.

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  85. This topic is controversial because there are so many sides to what one believes. Most people believe that their belief is the right way when in reality it's not. Life is a series of choices that are created by the person them self. They chose what they believe, although they can be influenced by many other factors. Personally, I don't have a specific definition of the spectrum. I also have no true opinion on what is "correct." I do not wish to share what I believe in because I feel it just leads to arguments when neither side is right or wrong.

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  86. This topic of evolution to creationism is controversial because evolution is the exact opposite of creationism and causes conflicts within people’s beliefs. They both contradict each other. Most people believe that there opinion is right and the other is wrong. Many people side with creationism is they are religious and thats what they teach you. Other people side with evolutionism because they think that science is right and its more logical that evolutionism happened. Unfortunately a lot of people only believe that they are right and the other is wrong but we don't know for sure until more scientific research is proven correct.

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