aplomada (aplomada) wrote in god_and_darwin,

Evolution Lecture: Body-Soul Dualism

Here's a continuation of my post on the lecture about evolution and ethics. This edition is light on the notes and heavy on my own reflections.

Though the lecture was explicitly not aimed at criticizing or undermining evolution theory itself, I believe I was nevertheless the only person there (lecturer included) who accepts the theory. Weikart did mention a major philosophical problem for the theist (or at least Christian) who believes in evolution theory: when did the body-soul dualism mentioned in item 2 above begin? After all, if one accept the human body was developed through evolution and every person shares a common ancestor with every animal, then when did humans become the image of God?

This is a question definitely not addressed by science because it is not scientific in nature. It is not addressed by any theologian I know of (but that may be due only to my ignorance). Our knowledge in this area is quite deficient, so my thoughts are only tentative, subject to change if more is learned on the subject. Also, I'm no expert on human evolution and paleoanthropology myself. But here goes: in human evolution, it is known that at one point -- after the Neanderthals branched off our lineage -- the human population (Homo sapiens) decreased very significantly, perhaps to only a few thousand individuals, before expanding again. It is not so hard for a person of faith to speculate that perhaps that very small population could have been reduced to a single family or even a single pair, and that these individuals were the ones known by the Judeo-Christian tradition as Adam and Eve. It is not so hard to speculate that these individuals who were animals in God's eyes were infused with a soul and free will, and suffered the Biblical fall. In fact, it is quite satisfying how well the paleo-history of humans can fit the speculations of this Christian evolutionist.
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