Another answer from our community:What is to be
reconciled, evolution is a theory of man; creation is from God.
They can not be reconciled nor ever will be because man does not
think like God, nor can God lower himself to his own creation. To
say that creation and evolution is reconcilable is erroneous
because there is no proof that evolution takes place, because if
one were to believe in the "big bang theory" where did the matter
from the "big bang" come from? Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God
created the heaven and the earth."
Evolution is a theoretical construct based on collected
evidence, like the Theory of Gravity or Copernican Theory.
Creation is a myth based on a literal reading of sacred books
like Enuma Elish, Rg Veda, Hesiod's
Cosmogony or the Bible. In all four of these, the creation
story is told in a series of poems and therefore must of necessity
include symbolic language, mataphore and poetic imagery.
The average person, and especially people who believe in a god
or gods, do not understand the word theory as it is used
by scientists. Most people think that the word theory means a guess
or a hunch, which is how the word is usually meant in everyday
non-scientific usage. In science, however, the word theory is used
of phenomena that has been tested over and over with
experimentation and observation that produces the same results
every time the experiments and tests are repeated. In science a
theory is not just a hunch or hypothesis under these conditions,
but is recognized as established fact, unless and until some other
facts are brought to light that force scientists to revise or
update the theories in question. Gravity is a fact even
though it is called the theory of gravitation. The theoretical part
of the theory of gravitation is that no one knows exactly what
gravity is or just exactly how it works, but gravity itself is an
established fact. In the same way evolution is an established fact.
The theoretical part of evolution is by what mechanism it occurs,
but evolution itself is an established fact, and it is incompatible
and irreconcilable with either creationism or intelligent
In creationism it is generally accepted that all life as it
exists now was specially created that way by a god or gods, and
that since the creation no change in lifeforms has occurred. In
intelligent design it is widely accepted that evolution does occur
but that it is God-directed. Both stands are incompatible with the
theory of evolution. There is overwhelming evidence that life
evolved, and there are also a vast number of examples in nature of
unintelligent design. Scientists are always revising or
updating all of their findings when enough new evidence comes to
light that indicates their theories are in error. That's how
science works, it is self-correcting, and that's what makes science
the best way we have of getting to the truth. Very few people who
believe in a god or gods are willing to change their minds when new
evidence comes to light. They would rather hold on to illogical
beliefs, or beliefs that contradict their holy books than to find
the real truth of life and the universe.
For me this question is similar to one I heard many times in
Political Science classes, "Will the Soviet Union ever tear down
the Berlin Wall and allow its satellites and itself to enter the
democratic world." Most all at that time would answer with an
emphatic no. Just like today and this question of reconciliation
between two dynamically diverse views on how we came to be here:
creation or evolution.
But I have much hope as the fields of science are discovering
more and more each day. DNA probably holds the final answer for all
of us but the other sciences are proving Genesis and other biblical
books more and more accurate with each new discovery. But that
being said, in our modern society we see numerous religious people
signing onto movements ascribing beliefs in both evolution and
creation (see Clergy Letter Project in USA of 10,000 ordained
priests and ministers). Or in Australia, a well known molecular
biologist and medical doctor, Michael Denton, an avowed Agnostic,
in his book "Evolution: A Theory in Crisis, 1986, p. 77),
evolutionary theory "is still, as it was in Darwin's time, a highly
speculative hypothesis entirely without direct factual support and
very far from that self-evident axiom some of its more aggressive
advocates would have us believe"
So the short answer is, only time will tell.