Evolution as Religion

An exceeding number of evangelical Christians have long crusaded against Evolution Theory solely because it discredits Abrahamic teaching. But is this really the most appropriate doctrinal or theological battleground? It occurs to me today—and I hope to explore the idea in a future post—that Evolution Theory is a greater doctrinal threat to the premise of salvation than it is to scriptural inerrancy. Evolution Theory does not simply say that God did not create the universe, but that sentient life has no need of redemption. If homo sapien evolved from acephalic bacteria to amoral primate to cognitive human, then there is no inherent evil nature. Moreover—and more importantly—if the Evolution brought homo sapien from the innocent animal to the self-aware human then Evolution will continue to improve humanity to perfection. In other words, Evolution Theory cannot be understood as history but also as future and if engaged from an entirely secular mindset, Evolution supplants Abrahamic religion by foreclosing the need for redemption. In time, says Evolution Theory, homo sapien will continue to evolve into increasingly perfect creatures. There is therefore no need to hasten humankind’s improvement any more than there is to judge humankind because any present wretchedness owes to Evolution’s slow hand rather than an innately damnable soul. Evolution Theory implies, “we are saving ourselves” which is the absolute antithesis to Abrahamic faith and the very height of hubris to think that we mortals could aspire to moral equality with God.

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