Republican U.S. Senate candidate and former college running back Herschel Walker recently questioned the theory of evolution because apes still exist.
On Mar. 13, he discussed the topic as he campaigned at Sugar Hill Church in Georgia.
“At one time, science said [humans] came from apes, did it not?” he asked the church’s pastor, Chuck Allen, and the audience before continuing his point. “If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it.”
“Now, you’re getting too smart for us, Herschel,” Allen responded to the Trump-supported candidate.
“[Humans] have gotten so intelligent that if [evolution] is true, why are there still apes?” Walker expounded.
Afterward, he explained that, according to the Bible, God created people and the earth. Thus, human existence should be attributed to solely that. Naturally, Pastor Allen agreed with him.
The theory of evolution by natural selection, also called Darwinism, was suggested by prominent scientist and traveler Charles Darwin, who believed that every living being has developed through adaptation. In other words, he said that over time, organisms morphed into advanced versions of their former selves.
Religious people and scientists have long debated this concept.
In February, Discovery Magazine published an article claiming that humans were an example of evolution, citing apes as man’s ancestors.
“While we share our ancestry with these animals, along the way, over millions of years, we all changed… It’s believed that this human divergence from the chimpanzee lineage of apes happened between 9.3 and 6.5 million years ago,” they wrote.
On the opposing side, Christians, for example, have often thought that sentiment was blasphemy because it clashed with the Bible’s recollection of creation.
“A substantial percentage of American adults reject the scientific explanation for the origins of human life. And a number of religious groups in the U.S. maintain that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection is not correct because it conflicts with their views of creation.” Pew Research Center’s website said in a report on the topic.
Walker, who proved to be a devoted follower of Christianity, has reportedly attempted to win the GOP nomination to run against Democratic Sen. of Georgia, Raphael Warnock. On Mar. 9, he took to Twitter to call them out, claiming they blamed recent inflation in the U.S. on Russia.
Raphael Warnock and Joe Biden are blaming the price of gas, eggs, bread, and more on Russia. That is NOT TRUE. Their bad policies have made prices skyrocket.
Our leaders need to stop making excuses and come up with solutions.
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) March 9, 2022
“Raphael Warnock and Joe Biden are blaming the price of gas, eggs, bread, and more on Russia. That is NOT TRUE. Their bad policies have made prices skyrocket,” he wrote. “Our leaders need to stop making excuses and come up with solutions,” he said.
The Associated Press reported that the 60-year-old led the current group of Republican candidates for the primary election on May 24.