Did the Evolution theory give some the excuse to act like animals?
Would you be happy to go through life with no purpose other than to eat, sleep, and reproduce? The thought repels even dedicated evolutionists. "Modern man, this enlightened skeptic and agnostic," writes evolutionist T. Dobzhansky, "cannot refrain from at least secretly wondering about the old questions: Does my life have some meaning and purpose over and above keeping myself alive and continuing the chain of living? Does the universe in which I live have some meaning?"
Indeed, denying the existence of a Creator does not still man's quest for a meaning to life. Quoting historian Arnold Toynbee, Richard Leakey writes: "This spiritual endowment of [man] condemns him to a lifelong struggle to reconcile himself with the universe into which he has been born."
Yet, the fundamental questions about human nature, our origins, and our spirituality persist. A huge gulf obviously exists between man and animals. How great is that gulf?
A Gulf Too Wide to Bridge?
A problem fundamental to the theory of evolution is the vast gulf that separates humans from animals. Really, how vast is it? Consider some of the things that evolutionists themselves have said about it.
A prominent proponent of the evolution theory in the 19th century, Thomas H. Huxley, wrote: "No one is more strongly convinced than I am of the vastness of the gulf between . . . man and the brutes . . . , for he alone possesses the marvelous endowment of intelligible and rational speech [and] . . . stands raised upon it as on a mountain top, far above the level of his humble fellows."
Evolutionist Michael C. Corballis observes that "there is a striking discontinuity between humans and the other primates . . . 'Our brain is three times as large as we would expect for a primate of our build.'" And neurologist Richard M. Restak explains: "The [human] brain is the only organ in the known universe that seeks to understand itself."
Leakey acknowledges: "Consciousness presents scientists with a dilemma, which some believe to be unresolvable. The sense of self-awareness we each experience is so brilliant it illuminates everything we think and do." He also says: "Language does indeed create a gulf between Homo sapiens [humans] and the rest of the natural world."
Pointing to another marvel of the human mind, Peter Russell writes: "Memory is undoubtedly one of the most important human faculties. Without it there would be no learning . . . , no intellectual functioning, no development of language, nor any of the qualities . . . generally associated with being human."
Furthermore, no animal engages in worship. Thus, Edward O. Wilson notes: "The predisposition to religious belief is the most complex and powerful force in the human mind and in all probability an ineradicable part of human nature."
"Human behavior poses many other Darwinian mysteries," acknowledges evolutionist Robert Wright. "What are the functions of humor and laughter? Why do people make deathbed confessions? . . . What is the exact function of grief? . . . Now that the person is gone, how does grieving serve the genes?"
The evolutionist Elaine Morgan admits: "Four of the most outstanding mysteries about humans are: (1) why do they walk on two legs? (2) why have they lost their fur? (3) why have they developed such large brains? (4) why did they learn to speak?"
How are these questions answered by evolutionists? Morgan explains: "The orthodox answers to these questions are: (1) 'We do not yet know'; (2) 'We do not yet know'; (3) 'We do not yet know', and (4) 'We do not yet know.'"
A Shaky Theory
The writer of the book The Lopsided Ape noted that his aim "was to provide a broad-brush picture of human evolution through time. Many of the conclusions have been speculative, based as they are mainly on a few old teeth, bones, and stones." Indeed, even Darwin's own original theory is not accepted by many. Says Richard Leakey: "Darwin's version of the manner of our evolution dominated the science of anthropology up until a few years ago, and it turned out to be wrong."
Many evolutionists, according to Elaine Morgan, "have lost confidence in the answers they thought they knew thirty years ago." Thus, it is not surprising that some of the theories held by evolutionists have collapsed.
Some studies have found that the number of females a male animal mates with is related to the difference in body size between the sexes. From this, some have concluded that human sex habits ought to be similar to those of chimpanzees, since chimp males, like their human counterparts, are just a little larger than the females. So some reason that like chimps, humans should be permitted to have more than one sex partner. And, indeed, many people do.
But what seems to work well for chimps has generally proved to be a disaster for humans. Promiscuity, the facts show, is a road to misery strewn with broken families, abortions, disease, mental and emotional trauma, jealousy,
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Wow, that was long. Here is the other problem with this question. We are animals. And we are supposed to act like our kind, human. Dogs act like dogs, chickens act like chickens, and pigs act like pigs. So what's wrong with humans acting like civilized humans? I don't see the problem.
EDIT: Thank you for the thumbs down Christian nut jobs :P I bet you are mad that there are very simple answers to this "problem."
- The DocLv 61 decade ago
1. There is no such thing as an evolutionist, we don't need a word to indicate people who believe things which are true.
2. Evolution is a scientific observation describing how simple life can become more complex without requiring any sort of deliberate design or intervention of any sort of intelligent agency. It is not a moral code, saying that it encourages people to act like animals is like saying the theory of universal gravitation encourages people to jump off buildings.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
False Teachings can Dull our conscience
When Paul urged Timothy to continue “holding .Â .Â . a good conscience,” the apostle knew that it would require determined effort. (1Â Timothy 1:19) Why so? Our conscience is our God-given capacity to examine ourselves and pass judgment on what we have done or contemplate doing. It can either ‘accuse’ us, painfully condemning our course, or ‘excuse’ us, approving what we do as right. (Romans 2:15) But if it becomes warped, it can send out defective messages. Some with defective consciences can act like ruthless animals, yet the ‘inner voice’ does not ‘accuse’ them. They can even “publicly declare they know God” but “disown him by their works.” How can you guard against developing a defective conscience?—Titus 1:10-16.
Paul had told Timothy that some Christians had “thrust aside” their good conscience by ‘paying attention to false stories’ and “empty speeches that violate what is holy.” (1Â Timothy 1:4, 19,Â 20; 6:20; 2Â Timothy 2:16-18) Because they listened to these things, their faith was subverted, and this resulted in spiritual shipwreck. Paul, however, showed that other things besides apostate teachings were “in opposition to the healthful teaching.” At 1Â Timothy 1:9,Â 10 he lists such things as murder, fornication, and homosexuality.Source(s): Bible study
- 1 decade ago
Yes, in fact. People are always going to be taking a topic meant to stay in THAT REALM and try to relate it to other sources of life. Take social darwanism, for example.
@Nowhere man: Amen to that. There will always be those 'whys' and possible 'hows' that we cannot figure out, but give our own assumption or point of view. But never should they be inflicted to justify human behavior.
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- khardLv 61 decade ago
I'm waiting for your evidence against evolution...
"The evolutionist Elaine Morgan admits: "Four of the most outstanding mysteries about humans are: (1) why do they walk on two legs? (2) why have they lost their fur? (3) why have they developed such large brains? (4) why did they learn to speak?""
- ahaha Elaine Morgan must have missed a basic human evolution course.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I am going to answer your title, because that is way too long, and likely just copied from somewhere else.
No evolution does not give someone an excuse to be a barbarian, or an animal. in fact it does just the opposite, it compels one to improve ones self.
But some people will use it as an excuse, just like many Christians use Jesus as an excuse to hate others, even though Jesus taught a message of compassion.
- 1 decade ago
The fool says in his heart there is no God. Psalm 14:1
They exchanged God's truth for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Romans 1:26
- Nowhere ManLv 61 decade ago
Evolutionary biology seeks to explain the methods by which life diversified, and nothing more.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Holy molly how did you fit all that on there?!
btw, did you know dolphins can communicate with other species?
Only aquatic animals, but we've learned their language nonetheless.
Humans can speak with..oh, only with other humans.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Evolution is a scientific theory. It isn't something to follow, or live your life by. Get that through your head.
And humans ARE animals, so we act like animals no matter what.