“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” – John 12:24
“The last enemy to be destroyed is death...Death is swallowed up in victory.” – 1 Corinthians 15:26, 54
"The greater the sin, the greater the mercy, the deeper the death and the brighter the rebirth.” - C. S. Lewis
"This story...has the very taste of primary truth." - J. R. R. Tolkien

Friday, November 13, 2009

Religion/Morality as a Product of Evolution?

…A second example: a while ago I saw an advertisement for a seminar entitled “Religion as a product of evolution.” Most Christians, upon seeing this, would have some hesitations. And indeed, many would argue that if religion is a product of evolution, then it would be only that and could not be an accurate description of reality (its claims could not be true). But is it possible that our capability for religious/spiritual thoughts and practices could be attributed both to the physical process of evolution and to a God who is using that process to reveal himself? I think it is. Our tendency as physical beings to develop religious practices and seek a greater spiritual meaning to reality may be due to evolution, but that does not mean it is not also due to God. Rather, if supposing that God exists and is a God that wants to create physical beings that seek after him, one would expect him to create beings with this inclination through a physical process. That spirituality can be thought of in biological terms does not mean that one can think of it no other way. Consequently, one could, for example, think of Christianity both as the one true description of reality and as a way of human thinking that arose due to evolution. God wanted us to understand the big picture of what the world is all about, and he gave us that understanding by means of our physical bodies and the physical process of evolution.

A third example: morality. The idea is exactly the same here. One might initially think that if our moral inclinations can be understood in terms of our sociobiological history as a species, then they are no more than sociobiological phenomena. Equivalently, one might thing that if our understanding of morality takes place within the brain, then morality itself is a biological event. But again, supposing that God exists, has some moral standard, and decides to create physical beings and reveal that morality to them, one would only expect him to cause an awareness of morality to develop in us through evolution, which is, again, God’s physical means of creating beings in his image…

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