Scientists have spent the last 150 years observing, defining and refining the theory of evolution. As a result of their efforts, they have developed intensively the science of genetics including an understanding of the mechanism of heredity on the physical plane. While we can certainly expect that, as with all scientific advancement, there will certainly come about opportunities to discard portions of the theory, as well as modify and enhance other portions, we have seen the basic concept stand up to a tremendous amount of factual review and observation.
There remain those who, by simply denying the factual record of observation, who insist that evolution and heredity have no basis and that the entire universe was created in a matter of days by an external creator who dropped all beings “ready made” into place.
There are those who take this viewpoint to the literal extreme, and others who look at it symbolically. The symbolic viewpoint opens up a pathway for an evolutionary process to occur in the material world, bringing about the possibility of understanding between the “creationist” and the “evolutionist” views of the world.
Sri Aurobindo discusses the issue: “One thing at least seems now intellectually certain, we can no longer believe that these suns and systems were hurled full-shaped and eternally arranged into boundless space and all these numberless species of being planted on earth ready-made and nicely tailored in several days or any number of days in a sudden outburst of caprice or Dionysiac excitement or crowded activity of mechanical conception by the fiat of a timeless Creator. The successive development which was summarily proposed by the ancient Hindu thinkers, the lower forms of being first, man afterwards as the crown of the Spirit’s development of life on earth, has been confirmed by the patient and detailed scrutiny of physical science,–an aeonic development, though the farther Hindu conception of a constant repetition of the principle in cycles is necessarily incapable of physical evidence.”