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The topic of creation vs. evolution is a very controversial one, and therefore extremely popular for the persuasive essay writer. Because the ground has been covered so much, it can be difficult to find a new take on the controversy, and also because it’s such a wide and far-ranging debate, it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you’re going to write about.
Don’t try to tackle the whole discussion. Limit yourself to a few salient points. Make your thesis clear and direct. In debate like this, where for or against can get so heated, you’ll do better by keeping calm and arguing the pros and cons with a rational head on.
Pro Evolution: Considering the evidence of how we got to where we are today and how things develop over time, the theory of evolution is the more likely one to be true.
Pro Creation: With the enormous complexity of the world, it seems impossible that it all just happened by chance. A Creator is the only way that something so beautiful and improbable could have come about.
Once you’ve established your thesis, you need to move on into the body of your essay. Here you will make your points, laying them out one by one in separate paragraphs, with your evidentiary information as well. On a topic like this, it’s best to try and stick as close to facts as possible, although, as neither creation nor evolution is established fact, you will have to move at some point into the realm of belief.
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Pro Evolution: If we look back at the history of breeding animals, it’s easy to see that we can selectively breed for different traits in species such as dogs. It’s hard to believe that Chihuahuas and Saint Bernards are the same species, but they are, and have simply been bred differently over the years until one is very small and decorative, and the other is a very large working dog. This is evolution in action. If micro-evolution can happen, so can macro-evolution.
Pro Creation: Archaeology is a field ripe with fraud, and many “missing links” have appeared over the years purporting to prove beyond a doubt that evolution is true, but many of them have been found out later to be lies. However, the Bible never lies, and in the Bible, God created the heavens and the earth. This is the only explanation that can be true without needing “missing links” or a spotty fossil record to explain it.
When you are concluding your essay, once you’ve made all your points, it’s important to just repeat back in a concise way what you’ve already said. Then end with a “call to action,” giving your reader the opportunity to see how they feel about evolution vs. creation themselves.
Pro Evolution: Evolution as a theory is perfectly cogent and reasonable. It makes sense to look around at the world and see how things change over time. If we can breed plants and animals more towards how we want them, then it makes sense that nature would do the same.
Pro Creation: You don’t need a missing link or a theory. All you need is belief to know that Creation is true.