Originally Posted by E90jason
We can live happy lives without that answer...I think. This is part of what I'm trying to learn. I am religious and I will never use scripture to debate someone who doesn't believe the scripture.
Growing up a preacher's kid, it's kinda hard not to hold to what I've been taught and have used as the basis of my life.
You are on a right track. Don't let anyone influence you based on authority or guilt. Research on your own and see what makes sense.
Your father could be a great man and still be wrong. It's not black and white.
I suggest you read Carl Sagan. He's one of the most religion-tolerant scientists.
Good luck. Let me know if you have any other questions. I could possibly provide various references for your research.