Originally Posted by krobbyzw
That's why evolution is defined as a religion - you have to have faith in what you cannot observe and test.
Thanks for your reply.
However, I disagree with your statement. Evolution and the big bang are theories accepted by most scientists because they are based on mountains of tested evidence. Religion, however, is based on faith in ancient stories of the supernatural passed down for thousands of years.
Example: Even though there is no empirical evidence that Satan lurks in the shadows, most Christians continue to believe he does. That's called faith. Unlike science, faith requires no evidence.
Science is not a religion because if science discovers new evidence on a theory, it changes its position. Religion, on the other hand, rarely changes in light of new evidence or lack of evidence which is more likely the case.
Some Christians undermine evolution by calling it a religion because they believe if people see evolution as just another religion, then maybe people will be less willing to accept evolution as fact just as Christians are unwilling to see other religions as fact.
Recent research, however, may be discovering evidence that it could be in our biological human make-up to believe that there is "something out there" that we can't see, or hear. This means that beliefs in the "unknown" may actually be genetic. In other words, the sense of ancient, cave-dwelling humans that there was "something out there," may be part of the natural selection process to protect our species.
For example, a million years ago if you walked away from the campfire at night and something attacked you, you were unlikely to survive. If you feared the unknown and stayed by the fire, you were more likely to survive and produce offspring. Over the next million years, those who feared the unknown and survived continued to produce offspring.
During this same time, the belief that there's "something out there" that can't be seen or heard may have evolved into a belief in the supernatural, the fear of an angry god, and evil force, and eventually religion.
But this is just a theory subject to change from new evidence.