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Monday, September 05, 2005

Evolution Crossfire (2)

The Animal Kingdom ...

"Evolution teaches that people are animals. We should not be surprised when people who are taught that start behaving like animals."

commented by MacArthur, John F., Jr., The Implications of Evolution (Selected Scriptures) (http://www.biblebb.com/files/MAC/90-220.htm)

Responses

  1. 1. If humans are animals, then "behaving like animals" is circular. Anything humans do is behaving like animals by definition. Perhaps the creationists mean behave like other animals. If so, which ones? Animals have diverse behaviors analogous to most actions we would consider good or evil. Behaving like animals is a vague statement.
  2. This argument is often amended to state that Evolution teaches we are just animals. It should therefore be noted that Evolution doesn't say whether or not humans are the creations of God or if we have souls. We can simultaneously be evolved animals and the spiritual children of God. Evolution is irrelevant to that belief.
  3. Most importantly, whether or not we are animals is a descriptive statement, not a prescriptive one. Merely noting our physical forms does not place or remove any moral obligations.
  4. The moral repercussions of evolutionary theory are no decider of its relevance.
    By this same flawed reasoning, if the theory of evolution says humans are animals, the "theory" of Creationism says humans are dirt. Presumably, those who claim that evolution teaches us we should behave like animals believe that we should be as dumb as dirt.

3 Comments:

Blogger postliberal said...

How ironic that those who seem to most object to evolutionary theories, often seem also to be especially keen on nakedly selfish social darwinism.

7:18 AM  
Blogger La Bona said...

Jews? Christians? Muslims?

Capitalists? Politicians? Preachers?

Bush? Pope? J K Rowling?

12:03 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

I most have in mind those who, for example in the USA, combine a public political persona of 'Christian values' and 'neo liberal free-markets'. The consequences of the latter, in the easy disregard for life, seem to so easily contradcit the former. Unless it's levened with a strain of social dawinism - drawn from protestant work-ethic - that sees poor as unable to help themselves, reticent to do anything and so taking themselves tp failure, and the rich as inspired workers.

9:06 PM  

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