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Are Creation and Evolution Mutually Exclusive?

In my view creation and the general concept of evolution (changes over time) are not mutually exclusive. Much of the debate seems to be over timing such as age of the earth and other when factors as well as specific changes and methods.

According to the article referenced below Darwin was not an atheist but was rather an agnostic. An agnostic is one who says he does not know there is a God but he holds out that there might be one.

Darwin theorized that humans and monkeys have a common source. Darwin did not say that common source is God but he did not say it was not God. The bible says it is God.

So in my view it is reasonable to say God created humans with all the body parts humans have today but humans may have looked differently in the beginning and over time. The same can be said about all animals and other entities.

The article references a statement by Pope Francis. The National Catholic Registry provides the full statement. Pope Francis said the following:

When we read in Genesis the account of Creation, we risk imagining God as a magus, with a magic wand able to make everything. But it is not so. He created beings and allowed them to develop according to the internal laws that He gave to each one, so that they were able to develop and to arrive and their fullness of being. He gave autonomy to the beings of the Universe at the same time at which he assured them of his continuous presence, giving being to every reality. And so creation continued for centuries and centuries, millennia and millennia, until it became which we know today, precisely because God is not a demiurge or a conjurer, but the Creator who gives being to all things.

The beginning of the world is not the work of chaos that owes its origin to another, but derives directly from a supreme Origin that creates out of love. The Big Bang, which nowadays is posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creating, but rather requires it. The evolution of nature does not contrast with the notion of Creation, as evolution presupposes the creation of beings that evolve.

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