Terri ponders evolution today, and I love it!
If humans evolved from primates, was it because of a physical advantage–standing upright, opposable thumbs, stronger immune system–or a mental advantage? For instance, let’s say that a primate evolved opposable thumbs, maybe even a more upright stance, all at the same time. While certainly being physically advantageous, how would that translate into intelligence? Maybe they would survive more easily on a daily basis, but would that lead to them being smarter? Would it lead to them developing concepts about their world and universe which had no immediate impact on their lives, environment, or survival? So, instead of wondering how they would catch their next meal or find shelter in inclement weather they would need to be able to plan how they could grow their own food, make tools, build their own shelters, or keep peace in their social group.
From my Christian perspective, this is what I think is meant by “being made in the image of God.”
What separates humans from animals is not only a biological advantage, but the agility and ability of the human mind. It is safe to say that humans are the most advanced species on the planet. Why is that? If evolution and natural selection are always at work, why is there only one species on the planet that has achieved the same status as humans? Shouldn’t each species be continually improving and getting “smarter” if intelligence is so important to the survival and dominance of a species? Shouldn’t there be more than one intelligent, enlightened species after all these billions and millions of years?
This is, of course, only one of Terri’s points, but it’s the one that stood out to me the most. It fits right in with the kind of logic that I’ve been reading about in Letters from a Skeptic. These are questions that I’ve never seen adequately answered before.
I honestly don’t know where I stand regarding Creation vs. Evolution. I’ve fought hard, in the past, on behalf of Creation. (Let me clarify that “Creation” the way I’m using it here refers to the literal 6-day account of Creation given in Genesis). But now? I have to say I don’t know how it happened. 6 days? 6 billion years? I don’t know. Does it really matter? What I do know is that however long it took, God was in charge of it. Beyond that, I’m not sure I need to know.
And fighting about it is just…silly. Arguing over what God did and how he did it is pretty pointless.