Evolution on the Brain, Soul and Heart

The scientific journal, Nature is perhaps the most respected publication within the scientific community. I am privileged enough to have employ in the scientific field and as part of that, I am able to peruse this prestigious publication.

The June 14 2007 issue had an interesting editorial titled, “Evolution and the Brain” [447 (7146): 753]. The hard copy does not label it as an editorial, one has to go online to find that out.

If the consequences of the worldview held by the writer of the editorial (whom I presume to be an editor, no name was given) weren’t so serious, the piece would be insanely comical for its blindness. Then again, we do not expect men born blind to understand what having vision is like, I didn’t.

To start, allow me to state the full title of the editorial,
Evolution and the Brain: With all deference to the sensibilities of religious people, the idea that man was created in the image of God can surely be put aside

John MacArthur states that “Religion is man at his lowest” and he is correct. He refers, of course, to the Romans 1, specifically verses 21-23, 25,

For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Professing to be wise, they became fools,

and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures…

For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen

Truth of God = man is made in His image

A lie = “the idea that man was created in the image of God can surely be put aside”

Yes, man at his lowest is very religious, he might worship the created order instead of the Creator, but he worships nonetheless.

I do not have the higher degrees of many of my co-workers (only a 4-year degree) but I was not aware that the question of whether or not man is made in the image of God was one which scientific inquiry was capable of answering. It takes a deep religious faith to answer it one way or the other.

The editorial arrogantly asserts that Republican Presidential hopeful Sam Brownback has crossed a line that ‘should not be crossed’. Senator Brownback’s crime?

It’s in 2 parts:

  1. His affirmation that he does not believe in evolution during a recent debate
  2. Further comments (elaborating on his response) which are as follows,
  3. Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as atheistic theology posing as science

The editor really took the last sentence hard, in fact so hard that he made the following statement,

Humans evolved, body and mind, from earlier primates… The way that disgust functions in our lives and shapes our moral decisions reflects not just cultural training, but also biological evolution. Current theorizing on this topic, although fascinating, may be wide of the mark. But its basis in the idea that human minds are the product of evolution is not atheistic theology. It is unassailable fact. (emphasis mine)

Ironic that the man does not know just how accurate his statement, “current theorizing on this topic…may be wide of the mark”, is, given that the word ‘sin’ means ‘missing the mark’. Denying that we are made in God’s image misses the mark pretty badly.

I wonder how the disgust (nay, repulsion) which some evolutionists feel when talking to a creationist fits into the shaping of it[disgust] by cultural training and biological evolution?

A scientist co-worker of mine were discussing this piece today and we could not believe the sentence which I have emphasized in the quote. Since when is something which deals with past events, “unassailable fact”?

Oh, I know when, when a person who regards as such the idea that ‘human minds are the product of evolution’ . That person would be an atheist, who, by the way holds to what Brownback calls, “an atheistic theology” and holds this, in part, because of the ‘unassailable facts’. Ridiculous…

Lastly, the writer goes on to say that the “unassailable facts” (we evolved from earlier primates) do not,

utterly invalidate the idea that the human mind is, as Senator Brownback would have it, a reflection of the mind of God.

Funny guy, doesn’t he realize that we are made in God’s image regardless of Senator Brownback’s preferences or his own unbelief?

He continues with this:

But the suggestion that any entity capable if creating the Universe has a mind encumbered with the same emotional structures and perceptual framework as that of an upright ape adapted to living in small, intensely social peer-groups on the African savannah seems a priori unlikely

Sadly, this reflects this poor chap’s unbelief more than anything. Because of his unbelief he is unable to even consider that we are made in His image and not the other way around. He is blinded to the fact that these things are there in us because they are there first in Him. Until God acts miraculously in his life, as he has in mine and many others, he will be blinded to Truth.

This last quote emphasizes what Paul alluded to in the first chapter of Romans, in regards to fallen man fashioning for himself false gods based on the created order,

Professing to be wise, they became fools,

and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures

In closing, Christians should pray that people like this are brought to repentance by the only One capable of softening hardened hearts such as these.

So that instead of loving created beings and their foolish ideas, they may love the Lord with all their heart, all their soul and all their mind.


2 Responses to Evolution on the Brain, Soul and Heart

  1. Naeem Arif says:

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