As for creationism vs. early evolution, he interepreted the Creation to have been spread over an extended period of time. He said that perhaps, to God, a single day for him could represent millions of years to us.
That's actually interesting. I had never thought of the Creation Story in terms of warped time from God's perspective. That's actually semi-intriguing.
Which gives the question, could God just be operating at the speed of light? (This would severely distort the time, make him invisible to everyone, and he could actually be there when people "feel his presence") This could actually mean that our ascendance into heaven is purely our spirit just leaving our body and flying around the earth at the speed of light. Sounds serene, huh?
I HAVE SINGLE HANDILY FOUND THE TRUTH!!!! (J/K)
(P.S I don't actually believe God is flying around at the speed of light, but I'm sure someone somewhere if they got ahold of this they could sell it that way and make millions off poor gullible people.
Then Again, who's to say that's not actually true.
My theory on the whole thing is that God did create us, but then he kind of looked the other way, insert explanation of free will here, to do as we pleased and let us learn from our imperfections or troubles. The animals adapted to the environments that we encroached on and whatever and humans did as well. Evolution is undeniable, people, plants, and animals are still evolving as we speak the only difference in most peoples beliefs is to the extent that it is believed to have taken.
Do I believe that a Duck could turn into a Eagle because of evolution, given as many years as you see fit to justify it and the right circumstances?
No way, the differences in species are far too vast. There is no way that a Duck could be forced to become a giant bird of prey just because of specific circumstances.
Do I think a Duck could turn into a different subspecies of Duck that was more focused on being a predator?
Sure thing, it can ADAPT and evolve to what it is given within reason. Its not going to just be swimming along one day and say, "Gee I really wish I was a fish, and I'm going to try my very best to be one and make sure all my descendants do too until we achieve success" and down the line just POOF turn into a fish. Its just not going to happen.
Adaptation: Oh, yea. without a doubt.
Evolution: Within reason.
In short. Ape into man: No way in hell. Less developed person into a better one: Of course. (This can be seen even in very short terms as well, reference people in say....the 1700's vs people now. Some might argue that better grasp of knowledge=an evolution in itself.)