by Andrew Dalby and Matt Stewart

  So, why does this controversy exist in the first place? Many questions seem difficult to answer. Perhaps this is why we ask them, as curiosity is one of the driving forces of human nature.

"How did life come to be as it is seen today?"
"Did it just happen, or did some external force make it?"
"Why does life exist?"
"Just where do all those odd socks go, anyway?"

  These questions have been debated for as long as recorded history. It is natural for us, as part of the universe, to want to understand the universe. We want to know: This is what rationalists (including proponents of evolution) and fundamentalist theologists (including creationists) have in common. Both groups have a hunger for knowledge about our origins, and this is a healthy thing. Human curiosity helps us to survive and thrive. Can we build on this common foundation? This is difficult as both groups generally give two mutually conflicting answers to questions about the origins and history of life on Earth, so they cannot both be correct. So how do we sort out all of this? Let's meet the two sides.