You live in the Bible Belt and not surprisingly adopted fundamentalist Christianity as your religion. The things that everyone around you in family, teachers, associates, etc. are chanting are "The Truth" you have, shockingly, decided are, in fact, The Truth.<quoted text>
Not Mom or Dad, my own study and reason.
Had you been born and raised in Saudi Arabia and Mom and Dad had prostrated themselves 5 times a day in the direction of Mecca, what religion do you think you would have studied, applied reason to, and found to be The Truth?
Or those old Bronze Age fables about God speaking through burning bushes, etc. were just that -- fables. Isn't that a much simpler, less tortured and convoluted explanation than "God was making Himself known directly in Bible times, but he doesn't anymore"? Apply a little of that "reason" to the question. It shouldn't be hard.<quoted text>
In the ancient past, the people were given ample empirical evidence; the difference is only time, since we didn't live when God was making Himself known directly.
??? It has made perfect sense to the world's scientists for the past 150 years.<quoted text>
I am open minded to anything sensible. That's the problem, evo makes no sense,
Every creature of every species is slightly different from its parents when it is born.
There is no known barrier to the accumulation of these changes and differences.
Eventually, some part of each species is so different from the original species that it no longer mates with the original and is considered a new species.
This is what the fossil record shows. It's what the DNA genome shows.
There isn't the slightest bit of controversy about it in science. Some continuing and healthy debate about how the mechanisms work exactly, but no controversy at all about the fact that evolution occurs.
The only ones who disagree, really, are a small group of American fundamentalist Christians who feel their chosen Bible interpretation is threatened and cannot be correct if evolution occurs.
And since they have been TOLD and PROGRAMMED that this interpretation is correct, then 150 years of science and the entire world scientific community must be wrong and part of a giant Satanic conspiracy, as thoroughly improbable as that is.