Remember back to the episode on culture, Helen de Cruz alluded to the more recent archeological research that shows it was our capacity for cooperation, for empathy, and even altruism, that contributed most significantly to our evolutionary success, rather than the survival of the fittest being understood as the strongest, most ruthless, and even the most selfish.
You can’t understand how we get to all sorts of complex things, like human societies for one, but not just human societies, without invoking cooperation as a basic principle.
@jstump, Bro. Jim, which is it, unending conflict, survival of the fittest as Darwin and Dawkins teach, or cooperation/love as Jesus taught? If the answer is cooperation, then it seems to me that BioLogos should issue a statement to this effect specifically breaking with the kind of evolution of the Selfish Gene. This should open communication with honest doubters in evolution based on survival of the fittest and restore openness and integrity to this process.
The problem with the Image of God is that it is not a “thing,” as Western thought would have it. It is a relationship. God created the universe, and it was Good. God is Good, so God created the universe in God’s Own Image. Dawkins says says that God did not create the universe and it is not good, it is chaotic without meaning and purpose. NoGod created this universe in His image of chaos.
Cooperation, harmony, love are at the center of the rational universe that we all live in, whether we know it or not, whether we like it or not. It takes more than one to love, to cooperate. That is why God is Trinity, 3 and 1, 1 and 3. The Trinity is the Image of God. Humans are created in the Image of God, which becomes real when we are born again in God’s Holy Spirit.