WASHINGTON (CNN) - Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, one of three Republican candidates to say he does not believe in scientific evolution, explained his views on the alternate theory of creationism.
"I believe that we are created in the image of God for a particular purpose," he said at Tuesday's Republican presidential debate. "And I believe that with all my heart. And I'm somebody, I've had cancer in the past, I've had a season to really look at this and study it and think about the end of life. And I am fully convinced there's a God of the universe that loves us very much and was involved in the process."
Two other GOP candidates, Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee have also said they do not believe in evolution.
In a New York Times editorial last week, the conservative Brownback wrote that his views are not as simple as stating he does or does not believe in evolution. He said although he believes God created the universe, that science still plays a role.
"One of the problems we have with our society today is that we've put faith and science at odds with each other," Brownback said. "They aren't at odds with each other. If they are, check your faith or check your science, and we should have a discussion."
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich