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Glenn Beck on evolution

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Glenn Beck argues that if we evolved into humans from monkeys, why have we stopped evolving?  Why are there no half-monkey, half-humans walking around?  Well, Mr. Beck, evolution happens over millions and millions of years.  You are on this planet for roughly 80 or so.  Do the math.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    If Glenn Beck is true to his Mormon faith, he believes in the book of Genesis, and that the earth is only 6,000 years old.

    With 6,000 years there is not enough time for evolution.
  • Independent
    Peachtree City, GA
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    Good point but evolution does NOT say we are descended from monkeys.  This is a common misconception.  Evolution states humans and apes had a common ancestor. It does NOT say we evolved from apes. I would love idiot Beck to read Richard Dawkins "The Greatest Show on Earch" but I doubt if he would even understand it.  There is positive proof of evolution and natural selection.  Those against it seem to confuse the word theory with hypothesis. Evolution is a proven theory. It is not a hypothesis. Evolution being true does not mean there is no God.  The Creationist, etc. somehow thinks evolution equals atheism.  That is not necessarily so.  The Catholic Church has accepting evolution.  It is the fundamentalist Protestants that have a problem wiht it.
  • Center Left
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    Well said. It always irks me a little when people say humans evolved from monkeys. Same with the idea that saying "it's just a theory" makes someone's argument stronger. Gravity is also "just a theory."
  • Democrat
    Parker, AZ
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    Neocons like Beck and Bildo are living examples that Apes and men are related
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    The theory of evolution took on much interest because it suited the interests of those who wanted to justify the racist attitude of the 19th century empire builders. Hitler took special interest in it. Darwin writes of inferior races and extinction of them by natural selection , quoting Tasmanian aboriginals as an example. I personally believe in a God of love and challenge anyone to study the new testament NKJV and see the signs that show our times are described in it.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    Nuts, One thing is true a lot of us still act like monkeys and go backwards instead of evolving. Take for instance our fantastic leaders, who only want war toys and good filled backpockets. Then on top of that we have our brave churchgoers who believe everything which was written less than 8000 years ago by what monkeys? Sorry to say evolution in our attitude at present is at a total standstill except may be our electronic "gadgets" and weaponary, which will help to erradicate us a bit faster, so evolution can then start all over again.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Every Christian should know that when Cain killed Abel, he was tossed from the garden and forced to live with the people of Nod, a race that predates Adam ,some scholars have suggested that these people of Nod were the mud people, Cain went on to father children ,his first son was named Enoch, and the city he built was named Enoch. I mention this because in a way the Christian Bible does support evolution if the People of Nod were less than human ,well than logic says most of us then are descended from mud people. Biblical Ref. Gen:4
  • Democrat
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    Some would say that by learning from our past we will succeed in our future. With some many historical accounts of Type A aggressive male characters in our past, we have endured wars, famine, disease and ignorance at the hands of the character that prefers dominance over a peaceful life. Our teachers of a peaceful life give us, "...blessed are the peace makers". This seems to make perfect sense historically, because those that desire dominance seem to kill each other off. So doesn't that seem likely that maybe some human gene is from an animal like apes or monkeys? Of course, humans ability to kill off peaceful existence also, exists in animals. Maybe we are all related to the animal kingdom and maybe there is alot of truth in evolution.

    God is definitely patient and kind for us that believe in our faiths of a supreme being creating the world and all of the creatures, including humans. If God has placed us above the animal kingdom, he gave us free will but did not take out the aggressive gene that makes us act like the animals. Glenn Beck identifying half-monkey and half humans doesn't think about we don't have to look like that, but there sure are alot of people that do act like that. Maybe some more act like animals than humanity.

    An experiment for all to make is to watch a play ground where children play. Most children not corrupted with the horrors and violence in videos and the news media play very well with other children. There's always some child bully that is exposed and you watch while other children are dominated by this child. This child may grow up to be politician intent on dominating the masses with his senseless views of how people should be corraled and dominated, if he hasn't been caught for some criminal act. Hopefully the child will be taught by good parents to change. However, parents are a large reason for the bad behavior continuing in the childs character.

    Animals and humans, we see and have learned much from our past. I don't like to dwell on the past, but rejoice in looking forward to peaceful coexistence where dominance and bad leadership is gone and replaced with a society that is without greed and poverty. My faith says I will have it one day...............in heaven.
  • Independent
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    I hope that you make it to heaven because you are never going to see it here on earth. History has not really taught us much except new ways to make the same mistakes. All we have to do is to look back to the One Hundred Year War, which lasted foe a minimum of 106 years. The British on one side of the field praying for victory and the French on the other side doing the same.


    Everyone is waiting for the Second Coming, a good subject to study. How will all the these people feel if the post-millennium view is the correct one or better yet the Armillennium view. All 3 views appear in the Bible.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jperry Wrote: I hope that you make it to heaven because you are never going to see it here on earth. History has not really taught us much except new ways to make the same mistakes. All we have to do is to look back to the One Hundred Year War, which lasted foe a minimum of 106 years. The British on one side of the field praying for victory and the French on the other side doing the same.


    Everyone is waiting for the Second Coming, a good subject to study. How will all the these people feel if the post-millennium view is the correct one or better yet the Armillennium view. All 3 views appear in the Bible.
    Please advise me, what of me will end up in heaven and where on my GPS should I search to find that thing; Sure all three views appear in the bible because someone wrote that 6 million years ago for sure; I guess the apemen invented fire and hamburgers too I guess.

    I'm still amazed at the human race on how they barely know what makes them what they are; nothing more than a bunch of cells glued together, which fall apart after only a very short time on this globe.
  • Independent
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    Dutch, I was commenting to the Christian views of what they expect will happen. I made no statement that I agreed or disagreed with their belief.
    The fundamentalist Christians claim to hold specific views of the Bible and I am questioning their claims.

    Taken from the New Hampshire Confession of Faith: "Of the Scriptures We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried."

    If they take a literal interpretation I would like to know why they ignore a majority of the content as a starter. The similarities between Fundamentalist Christianity and politicians is amazing. Items are constantly taken out of context, they tend to quote verses rather than complete sentences and completely ignore anything which will prevent them from doing what they want.

    I like the story of the ministerial student filling in at a church one Sunday morning and reading from an American Standard version of the Bible. An older women stood up and said, "Young man, if the King James Version was good enough for Paul and Silas, it should be good enough for you." I don't know if it occurred or not and it really doesn't matter. It does illustrate the point I am trying to make. When I was working on the design for an addition to a church a meeting was started with a "prayer" and thanks was given to God for the wealth He had given them. I should have walked out of the meeting. Churches equate wealth as a Blessing from God yet the New Testament does not support that belief. I do not care what a person believes; but if they claim a particular standard then they must comply with it. If I say I will do something I do it, I have given my word and that's what is important to me.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    jperry Wrote: Dutch, I was commenting to the Christian views of what they expect will happen. I made no statement that I agreed or disagreed with their belief.
    The fundamentalist Christians claim to hold specific views of the Bible and I am questioning their claims.

    Taken from the New Hampshire Confession of Faith: "Of the Scriptures We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired, and is a perfect treasure of heavenly instruction; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture of error for its matter; that it reveals the principles by which God will judge us; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried."

    If they take a literal interpretation I would like to know why they ignore a majority of the content as a starter. The similarities between Fundamentalist Christianity and politicians is amazing. Items are constantly taken out of context, they tend to quote verses rather than complete sentences and completely ignore anything which will prevent them from doing what they want.

    I like the story of the ministerial student filling in at a church one Sunday morning and reading from an American Standard version of the Bible. An older women stood up and said, "Young man, if the King James Version was good enough for Paul and Silas, it should be good enough for you." I don't know if it occurred or not and it really doesn't matter. It does illustrate the point I am trying to make. When I was working on the design for an addition to a church a meeting was started with a "prayer" and thanks was given to God for the wealth He had given them. I should have walked out of the meeting. Churches equate wealth as a Blessing from God yet the New Testament does not support that belief. I do not care what a person believes; but if they claim a particular standard then they must comply with it. If I say I will do something I do it, I have given my word and that's what is important to me.
    Sure what you state is correct; the thing I did was just to show on how these people refuse to think farther than by humam's created texts.
    Evolution did not start 8000 years ago either; I guess the whole universe has been there for millions of years. By just writing a book and believe everything it says is kind of naive; people did write these things and were very superstitius about everything even their own shadows.
    Evolution has given us now the scientific tools to know more about all kind of things, however there is no proof whatsoever that there is an hereafter or "hell". This was written for only one purpose; power over the people, since fear creates power. Again I state cavemen nor dinosaurusses had bibles; their interest was to find food and keep the species going.
  • Democrat
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    Usually what I find with people like Beck who oppose evolution, is that they have not takin the time nor effort to understand what evolution is. I myself am Christian (liberal Roman Catholic) and fully accept both forms of evolution as fact and not theory.
  • Center Left
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    sbfriedman Wrote: Glenn Beck argues that if we evolved into humans from monkeys, why have we stopped evolving? Why are there no half-monkey, half-humans walking around? Well, Mr. Beck, evolution happens over millions and millions of years. You are on this planet for roughly 80 or so. Do the math.
    There are half-monkey / half-humans walking around. We've all been to the beach and seen the guys with so much "back hair" that it looks like they're wearing a sweater.