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Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Non-Evolution of Religion

Every once in a while, atheists bring up their faith-based assertion that children are born atheist, or that atheism is the "default" position for infants. This claim is irrational as well as unscientific, although there is evidence that the opposite is true. However, some atheist scholars did not get the "born atheist" memo, and claim that "religion" has evolved. In this worldview, people have religious outlooks because they are born that way.

Some atheists believe that religion evolved, which gives them a problem with morality and ethics.
Credit: Pixabay / Stanislav Velek
Evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker has some interesting views on how and why we have religion. The problem he faces, and others who share such thinking, involves ethics, which atheists say is not real. Well, if something is not empirically testable, does it exist? If the answer is no, congratulations, you just sent logic, love, numbers, compassion, morality, ethics, and a host of other things into the trash can!


Atheism is inconsistent and irrational, full of self-refutations and arbitrary assertions. Pinker realizes that he has a problem, but he is hoping that the problem with ethics in science will be solved eventually. That is not science, old son, it is blind faith in the religion of atheism. Atheists suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18-23). In reality, we were created in God's image. This includes the knowledge that he exists, and we need to repent and learn our responsibility to him
Religious belief has had a pervasive presence among the human population throughout time and across cultures. Darwinists are consequently faced with the unavoidable question of the origin of religion. If life spontaneously generated and progressively evolved by means of mutation and natural selection, then religion must be a product of evolution as well.
Why has the vast majority of people who have ever lived endorsed the existence of supernatural entities? A common explanation among evolutionary psychologists is that cognitive mechanisms have evolved which supposedly make our “species” vulnerable to religious belief. Psychiatrist Andy Thomson, a trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and author of the book Why We Believe in Gods, claims that experts in his field are on the threshold of a comprehensive cognitive neuroscience of religion which deepens the conflict between science and religion. Creationists should not feel threatened by such an assertion, however.
To read the rest, click on "Did religion evolve? — "Steven Pinker’s evolutionary psychology fallacies". For another interesting study, see "Can Religion Be Modeled on Computers?"