Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Catch-22 alive and well

Either civilization was a product of evolution or it was a product of a top-down influence like God. You can't have both.

If evolution is the truth, and we evolved from primitive, survival-of-the-fittest origins, then why are we still arguing about the same things we were arguing about in ancient Mesopotamia, still killing each other, and still sexualizing children?

Shouldn't our historical course be incrementally exemplified by more kindness, more cooperation and less selfishness, if the evolutionary biologists and psychologists are correct that our instincts of cooperation and altruism were merely more successful survival strategies?

So then the next question should be:

If evolution is not true, and we received our moral perspective from God, then why are we still arguing about the same things we were arguing about in ancient Mesopotamia, still killing each other, and still sexualizing children?

Shouldn't the fact that God gave us our moral tenets motivate us to continually progress to a more unified existence?

There is no contradiction in that regard. The Hebrew and Greek scriptures explain quite clearly why the human condition does not continually improve in those areas.

But that's the Catch-22. If you're a staunch defender of Darwin's core theory, you are duty bound to insist that those same scriptures are just the mythological fancy of a bunch of Bronze Age sheepherders and first century fishermen.

Either the secular humanists and evolutionary biologists are correct about the dawn of civilization, or they are not.

Let's stop pretending we can have it all.



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