On Gorillas and God (A Little Risk Maybe But I Don’t Care)

In response to a comment on my last post, I thought this should be out there. Thanks my friends.

Thank you, Lisa. Beautiful comment. And yes, in my STRONG opinion there is no conflict between evolution and God. Some higher power/being/God/Universe obviously orchestrated this entire life thing we are living/humans AND animals….this could not be a random mistake. From an animal standpoint there is so much intense beauty, a Mandrill’s colorful face when she looks at her little baby boy, Obi at the zoo while he jumps on her head with youthful enthusiasm, the gorillas playing and laughing in the rain, the penguins all lining up and standing there for so long and then jumping in the water all at the same time, the 500 pound tiger who prefers to be alone playing with a huge work out ball in the water, the cheetah and her best friend the black labrador retriever whom she has been raised with since birth and who live together now and let zoo guests see them prance and play when they are in the mood.

Why wouldn’t God allow evolution? It’s such a beautiful process. We share 98.4 percent of our DNA with gorillas yet we are not gorillas and gorillas are not human. In fact, science tells us that we had a common ancestor who we branched off from the gorillas and who is now extinct. Why would we not try to understand these beings as brothers and sisters? Why does that conflict with there being a God?

I know now that I’m REALLY messing with Texas. And I’m interested in responses. Good, bad, ugly, please.

13 thoughts on “On Gorillas and God (A Little Risk Maybe But I Don’t Care)

  1. Well, you’re not posting anonymously, so I suppose there is risk of sorts in voicing an honest opinion.

    I’m not an atheist but I’m not a theist and I can’t stand religion, so I’m really an outlier in Kentucky and Texas and the USA in general. So speaking as a non-Christian and non-anything, I can’t imagine believing in a god so small that the god does want humans to use their brains and that didn’t create a universe that didn’t include the laws of nature, science, whatever you want to call it. Evolution is a theory but it is the best theory we have and has tons verifiable evidence to its veracity. If I did believe in a god, my god could beat the pants off of the puny little god that some folks seem to want to have. They seem to be switching up “god made man in his image” with “man made up a god in his image.” I understand why some scientists are atheists. I also see ZERO problem with scientists who believe in god and science.

    There might be one or two more folks in Texas that believe the way you do. They’d most likely be in Austin.

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  2. HAHAHAHAHAHA. I’m not scared to be who I am and say my truth. Unlike some other bloggers whom I love, they need to protect their identify and I totally get that. Your ending is what cracked me up…that they would be in Austin….I’m so new here, but at least I know that is true. Thanks for reading my stuff.


  3. And see, there is another thing that I struggle with the whole thing… Glad you brought it up and I totally agree with you. You might have to find yourself a bodyguard though, if you want to stay where you are… 😉


  4. Tim Elsner

    God believer here (to me, God is love in all its inexplicable glory) who also totally believes in evolution…and yikes, I’m a native Texan. But I’m from Austin, go figure.

    Andrea, your animal knowledge is awesome!


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