Creationists and evolutionists, unite

I’m tired of creationists and evolutionists flaming past each other.  Auster accuses evolutionists of disloyalty and of not believing in free will.   Mangan retorts by considering theology “fashion.”  But Calvinism was a wonderful northern European Christian religion,  vastly more meaningful and fruitful to its adherents than any fashion, and it stressed that our fate is in God’s hands.

The ironic reality is that creationists have a much higher Darwinian fitness than evolutionists.    The evolutionists are missing something.   The creationists, not so much.

If you want to live a peaceful life, you must admit that (1) evolution happened, and that (2) consciousness, or soul as Christians call it, is a mystery.    You must also admit that if science has a hard time with even nutrition and the climate, it is seriously out of its depth when it comes to souls, societies of souls, or how one’s own soul can best behave with other souls.    How to live a good life and a happy life is a mystery, but one that has been pondered through entire lifetimes by millions of Europeans wiser than ourselves and then passed down to us, primarily as Christianity.    Our world wonderfully created or wonderfully evolved is the same thing — there is not a dimes worth of difference.  Either way it is still a world full of human souls, or, if you prefer, “conscious beings”, sinful because of the Fall or selfish and poorly adapted to the modern world because of evolutionary psychology.    Both theology and evolutionary psychology are metaphors — as beings of limited brain power, we  can talk of any entity so complex as a soul or a society only in terms of metaphors.   The metaphors of the Bible are far more highly evolved than those of evolutionary psychology, while those of evolutionary psychology are scientific.   If we want to teach our children how to behave, what can we teach them?  Aesop’s Fables, evolutionary psychology, and above all the Ten Commandments.

(Bonus points to readers who can pick out theories discussed in Dawkins’ Selfish Gene and Extended Phenotype that refer to Aesop’s Fables).

(Extra bonus points to anybody who can dredge up a pagan short list of good behavior that comes even remotely close to the Ten Commandments, and other common Biblical injunctions such as “be fruitful and multiply”,  in terms of how many European families have over centuries put it to productive use in propagating our genes and cultures).


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