Originally Posted by JKDGabe
That depends on the definition of evolution. If as a christian I claim to believe the bible then I can't take evolution as taught in public school at face value. Genesis states "and there was evening, and there was morning, the x day". There was a literal 6 day creation period. I do believe that there is evolution within the species... but not to create a new species. Survival of the fittest.
The timeline of evolution has dinosaurs way before man right? They didn't walk the earth together. Obviously there are still some "dinosaurs" such as komodo dragons but they're more of an anomaly. So how is it that there are dino and man footprints together? Having studied evolution I'm having more trouble understanding atheism. I think it boils down to wanting to be the boss, refusing any responsibility to a higher power.
It does not depend on your definition of evolution, that stays the same. It is your translation of the bible. Many christians take the Bible as a book of stories, meanings, morals, etc instead of a history book.
New species arive all the time, it's a fact of nature (we have seen it happen with plants in modern times). I would like to see your dinosaur foot prints with human foot prints that were created at the same time, that would be quite a marvel of modern archeology. What species of dinosaur was it? What year did you speculate the impressions to have been made? (Fyi, modern "dinosaurs" are less of an anomoly than you think...there are many plants, insects, and animals that have been around from prehistoric times.)
First, to define species (known as BCS: Biological Species Concepts) this is the definition most often used in legal and scientific context alike: Species - "Groups of potentially interbreeding populations which are reproductively isolated from other such groups."
We have two models of such speciation in the modern world:
1) Allopatric speciation- Speciation that occurs due to a physical barrier. There is no gene migration between the two populations preventing blending of the gene pool. Given the right conditions, the right mutations, the right genetic drift, speciation can occur between the two.
2) Sympatric speciation- This occurs mostly in plants where due to errors in mitotic or meiotic division, a gamete ends up with more chromosomes than it was supposed to have. The plant can then either fertilize itself or fertilize with another plants "normal" gamete. The offspring will then be a new, fertile, species with a different chromosome count.
I wonder how in depth your study of evolution was when you do not understand molecular evolution (I gather this, because it would be impossible to understand molecular evolution without knowing the biochemical processes of photosynthesis and respiration).