“The human body, human cells, human DNA, even the human brain seem to show more continuity with the rest of life than separation.” From the podcast
John 1:3 (NIV2011)
3 Through Him (Logos) all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
The Logos makes it clear that there is more continuity in Creation(evolution) than separation. It is good that science is finding this out. Of course there is both continuity and difference in the real world, which is why Western dualism causes confusion. It assumes to a reality is either one/or, when it is both/and.
Humans aren’t unique in the absolute sense of the word. There are always other creatures similar to us in some way. On the other hand gorillas and ants are unique in their own ways and every individual is unique in her/his own way.
God has a way of making everyone different and everyone the same. It seems to confound science, while at the same time making knowledge and science possible.
“So morality, language, and culture.”
Did humans create morality, language, and culture, or did they create us? If God created us, then God used the Logos to create is humans language (the Word,) morality (Love, the Spirit,) and culture (Community, God’s Kingdom.)
Since we did not create ourselves, it is clear that God used these tools to create us. Now it seems that humans are using these tools uncreate themselves. Language has been turned to lies to turn away from God.
I have a different understanding of language from the traditional. For me words are not names nor are they real in themselves. Words are not symbols or abstractions. Words represent what we believe to be true as far as we can determine.
Words are relational because they indicate how we are best to relate to things, other people, and God. Words are not necessarily true, but it is our responsibility to make them as true as possible.
“Just as the bodies we’ve inherited through the evolutionary process were built up over time, so too it’s not unreasonable to think that our behaviors may have also been acquired in steps,” from podcast
Recently on the Forum we discussed an article from the Scientific American about how changes in the environment of prehumans led to the descent from the trees and bipedalism. These changes in environment led to changes in behavior and that to changes in the human body. The point being is that humans were clearly formed by the environment as are all species.
Humans as a result of their this adaption became more independent of their environment so we could be viceroys for God over the Creation and share in God’s Image through the Logos.
“Bringing this closer to home, in our cousins the Neanderthals, the kind of cooperation we see extends to taking care of the injured—which goes against the grain of what many people imagine evolution and survival of the fittest to be.” @jstump Jim Stump
Why don’t you just admit the obvious that cooperation does go against people know what reasonable people know evolution and survival of the fittest to mean, a dog eat dog world? Science is not entitled its own “alternate” definition of reality.
"And sometimes they’d have no reproductive or fitness benefits from the selves, which biologists call altruism. " Podcast
You need to look at the ecological take on this. Just because we have been doing something for a long time and it is “scientific” does not mean that it is the only way or the best way.