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Monday, September 19, 2005

Evolution Crossfire (7)

Evolution & Religion ...

"Evolution doesn't explain religion."

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  1. 1. Social structuring and cooperation provided the frameworks for religion. By creating religions, groups could find ways to better enforce social mores and pass on traditions that benefited the group, such as cooking specific herbs to make remedies (as evidenced by "medicine men" in Native American cultures).
  2. 2. Evolution does not need to explain religion. As stated above, religion came about as a result of social structuring and early, primitive man's need to explain the unexplainable, such as, "Who am I?", and "Why am I here?", along with why things happen (drought, famine, disease, good crop seasons, floods). Also, once established, religion provided a hierarchy in the society, which in turn gave power to those who provided these answers. Once begun, it was left to expand and grow unfettered by modern skepticism. As with the early Christian church, religion ruled early society. Religion is purely social and has nothing to do with evolution.
  3. Natural selection has been applied conjecturally to the world of ideas -- the result being known as memetics. Clearly, any religion which instructed its followers not to proselytize and not to have children will die out, as in the case of the Shakers. Many of the most successful religions (Catholicism; Mormonism in the American West) encourage followers to have children and raise them in the church; others (Evangelical Protestantism) encourage proselytization and missionary work. Religious belief has been analogized to a cultural gene or virus, as by Richard Dawkins and Gary Cziko

1 Comments:

Blogger postliberal said...

The great Karen Armstrong makes the point that a common thread running through the axial religions is the concern for social justice and compassion. And this seems more persuasive, as a fundamental concern, than any later spin or appropriation - such as hierarchy or control.

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