Darwin 204-222 Saturday, November 26, 2011 8:23 PM 4 theses of naturalist evolutionary theory: • The ancient earth thesis - The Universe is about 15 billion years old and the Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, not 6,000 as the biblical genealogical record • Common ancestry thesis - Life originated from nonliving matter over 3 billion years ago in a single place • The Progression thesis - Life, once originated, has processed from relatively simple to relatively complex forms • Naturalistic selection - natural selection took place by a chance process of genetic replication of species striving to survive by adapting to their environment and in the process developing mutations which favored some member over others. Creationists accept microevolution (evolution within a species), they reject macroevolution. Evolutionists argue that the idea of a species is vague. The demarcation between species is not clear. Darwin believed that much of our physical suffering is simply the failure of natural selection's
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