Sunday, September 15, 2019

Religion Is A Product Of Evolution?

          "Dow is by no means the first scientist to take a stab at explaining how religion emerged. Theories on the evolution of religion tend toward two camps. One argues that religion is a mental artefact, co-opted from brain functions that evolved for other tasks.

          Another contends that religion benefited our ancestors. Rather than being a by-product of other brain functions, it is an adaptation in its own right. In this explanation, natural selection slowly purged human populations of the non-religious.

          “Sometime between 100,000 years ago to the point where writing was invented, maybe about 7000 BC, we begin to have records of people’s supernatural beliefs,” Dow says (https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn13983-religion-is-a-product-of-evolution-software-suggests/#ixzz5zdTln4g7)

          First of all, the idea of religion evolving over an enormously long timespan is incompatible with the Judeo-Christian framework. According to Genesis 1-3, religion started with the worship of the true God. However, mankind rejected God and worship deteriorated into the worship of creation. God is Creator and not a product of evolution.

          Secondly, there were no psychologists alive to even observe the behaviors of any alleged hominins.

          Thirdly, nobody really seems to be discussing how atheism and naturalism evolved.

          If religion developed gradually to meet various emotional or adaptive requirements for continued survival, then what brought about that need?

          If our senses and intuition bring us into contact with reality, then would not religious belief connect us with God who actually exists?

          Even if it could be proven that a few religions were the product of evolution, that would still not prove all religions had the same origin or falsify the existence of God.

3 comments:

  1. Well said.

    At any rate, there is absolutely ZERO evidence for evolution to begin with, so for people to be thinking how religion became part of evolution is absurd.

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  2. I just watched servus christi expose on "pureflix". Did you know pure flix views their business as a ministry for Christ? They however have a catholic movie section. The expose also included Ray Comfort (who I happen to like), Ken Ham and Kirk Camron either appearing on talk shows with some infamous hereticks or making appearances on / partnering with TBN (i think it's the trinity broadcast network) or Pure Flicks, etc. Check out the Servus Christi channel for more specific details.

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  3. Hello Justin,

    I have only vaguely heard of this "Servus Christi" before. Therefore, I am unfamiliar with his overall ministry and doctrine.

    I also cannot recall watching any movies produced by Pure Flix, although it would not be wrong to raise money if it is for ministry purposes.

    Finally, here are a few articles providing solid guidelines for practicing biblical separation (in the event that this "Servus Christi" leaves one confused on this issue):

    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/degrees-separation/

    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/reasons-separation/

    https://www.ligonier.org/blog/principles-and-guidelines-separation/

    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/guidelines-separation/

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