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Stephen A Gauthier Evolutionism and Creationism It has been said that the major difference between humans and beasts is that humans are curious about their beginnings They question where they came from and how they ended up where they are There are several theories as to how humans came to exist but none have created such a controversy as the debate between evolutionism and creationism Evolutionism consists of the idea that all organisms evolved from a single ancestor According to this theory the human species closest living ancestor would be the ape Morris 115 It is currently the most accepted theory proposed by the scientific community The major opposition to the evolutionists theory is that of the creationists The creationism theory is based on the idea that all life was caused to exist at the same time by a divine power which is usually considered to be supreme The concept of God and the Book of Genesis play a major role in this theory In terms of human development creationism implies that the world and everything on it were created for humans and their existence Humans were created last after all else was made to exist Both theories have their supporters The evolutionists tend to be scientists while creationists tend to be non-scientists or have strong religious beliefs Whether evolutionism or creationism is the correct theory can not be determined at this time due to lack of supporting physical evidence There are too many missing links in both chains Evolutionism holds a closer path to the beginning of existence whereas the creationists side seems too selfish to hold any true value Evolution is the idea that all organisms evolved from a single more primitive ancestor The basis for evolution is Charles Darwins research that was done while on the Galapagos Islands Charles Darwin however later proposed a successful explanation of evolutionary processes His most well known book The Origin of Species by means
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