The Darwin-Haunted World

4 thoughts on “The Darwin-Haunted World”

  1. Creationism is based on a ridiculous literal interpretation of the Genesis text which was originally intended as a parody (in the literal sense) of the Babylonian creation myth in which God subverts already existing Creation beliefs in the (metaphoric of symbolic sense). The first lesson it teaches is that the lie of the serpent is to interpret Gods Words literally. i.e Adam did not literally die “that day” as the text says, he spiritually died that day. This is an intentional paradox, a riddle. This is how much of the Bible is written, in the form of intentional contradictions which are intended to force the reader to abandon the literal sense and interpret the text symbolically, internally.

    The New Testament expounds upon the concept of spiritual death…

    Question: “What is spiritual death?”

    Answer: Death is separation. A physical death is the separation of the soul from the body. Spiritual death, which is of greater significance, is the separation of the soul from God. In Genesis 2:17, God tells Adam that in the day he eats of the forbidden fruit he will “surely die.” Adam does fall, but his physical death does not occur immediately; God must have had another type of death in mind—spiritual death. This separation from God is exactly what we see in Genesis 3:8. When Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord, they “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God.” The fellowship had been broken. They were spiritually dead.

    When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He paid the price for us by dying on our behalf. Even though He is God, He still had to suffer the agony of a temporary separation from the Father due to the sin of the world He was carrying on the cross. After three hours of supernatural darkness, He cried, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:33-34). This spiritual separation from the Father was the result of the Son’s taking our sins upon Himself. That’s the impact of sin. Sin is the exact opposite of God, and God had to turn away from His own Son at that point in time.

    A man without Christ is spiritually dead. Paul describes it as “being alienated from the life of God” in Ephesians 4:18. (To be separated from life is the same as being dead.) The natural man, like Adam hiding in the garden, is isolated from God. When we are born again, the spiritual death is reversed. Before salvation, we are dead (spiritually), but Jesus gives us life. “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV). “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins” (Colossians 2:13).

    To illustrate, think of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus in John 11. The physically dead Lazarus could do nothing for himself. He was unresponsive to all stimuli, oblivious to all life around him, beyond all help or hope—except for the help of Christ who is “the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:25). At Christ’s call, Lazarus was filled with life, and he responded accordingly. In the same way, we were spiritually dead, unable to save ourselves, powerless to perceive the life of God—until Jesus called us to Himself. He “quickened” us; “not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:5).

    The book of Revelation speaks of a “second death,” which is a final (and eternal) separation from God. Only those who have never experienced new life in Christ will partake of the second death (Revelation 2:11; 20:6, 14; 21:8).

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  2. Well, from the XX century, there’s self-organisation, from a Noble prize laureate Ilya Prigozhin.

    Self-organisation makes non-living matter behave as if it is “alive”. Meaning, the world is much more sentient and living than XIX century thought. Matter doesn’t have to be alive to exert free will for example – even electrons have some freedom. The more complex the objects are – from cracks in solids, through crystallization and turbulence all the way to hot plasm rings in Sun’s crown – the more freedom they have. And when the matter becomes alive – the complexity and degrees of freedom multiply even more.

    Another conclusion of self-organisation is that Nature works from one complete design to another complete design – in large jumps, spurts. There is no continuous process. So it’s useless to seek gradual transitions from one organism to another one – things don’t work this way even in non-living matter.

    Outside the dialogue there is sentience of the living. Recent evidence shows that even birds, however stupid, understand that they look at themselves when looking into the mirror. Not to mention the primates who have demonstrated they can “remember that they remember”. That might mean, they understand “self” and have a soul.

    Lol. I’ve read Aleksandr Zorich a few years ago. He has a novel Counsel of the Commonwealth. Not so distant future, Earth’s humankind learnt how to grow meat for food, and stopped eating animals. UN charters are prolonged to include animals. And it comes to funny things, like since horses are considered the Free Species and subjects of Species Rights, folks are fined for riding a horse! ^_^ That would be a bit too much ^_^ Like being afraid of Darwin’s Evolution, but with opposite sign.


  3. My understanding is that present day adherents of Darwin’s theory choose to simply ignore his emphasis on female sexual selection while opting to focus instead on male competition for access to females or the struggle for resources. So it may not be so much that the nineteenth century was the weaker period for scientific understanding but rather our own era.

    The theory is much stronger when you see it the other way. However, as with all science, it is and will always be subject to revision or total disproof.


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