Jan 6, 2008, 3:02:45 PM1/6/08
to Towards a New Synthesis of Evangelical Christianity and Science
Here is the way we can say Evolution might be missing the point, but
Jesus and John the Baptist correctly understood it:
* There is indeed a selection process in life, but what is being
selected is not species that can best look after their own interest,
instead it is organisms that produce "good fruit" or make the
existence, comfort and flourishment of other organisms possible.
Organisms that best seek after their short term self interest instead
are parasites or weeds and distictly selected agaisnst, particularly
at the end of geological ages as accompanied by some kind of disaster.
* Ultimately a successful organism is not the one that avoids being
eaten, it's the one that is eaten and tastes good. The latter
organisms are farmed. Bad tasting and organisms that are highly
successful at avoiding being eaten are everywhere prejudically
destroyed whenever possible.
* When looking at a population of organisms of a single species and
trying to understand which organisms will pass on their genes "inherit
the earth" it is completely wrong headed to believe that the
strongest, most well fed and well adpated organisms genes will be the
ones best represented many generation hence. These organisms instead
will have their genes extinguished. Instead the ones that will be
represented in the future will be the marginal, the weak, the sick,
the hungry and the lame.
The marginal and weak are like inbred species of cash crops that when
crossed produce super strong hybrids. So the marginal species often
do not mate within their onw populations but with the weak of
neighboring populations producing strong hybrids that wipe out the
previous strong individuals and genes of the former populations.
Additionally the marginal "unfit" organisms will be the organisms that
already have the traits needed to survive in an environment when it
changes. Furthermore weak organisms cooperate and during time of
environmental catastrophe, perhaps cooperation becomes more important
Also during times of catastrophe, the habitable zone on earth and in
various environment becomes greatly narrowed. Organisms then end up
mating more often with organisms from other species because the niches
overlap greatly. Organisms already used to interacting with organisms
outside of their own species population (outside the protective
umbrella of their species) will survive better.
* Perhaps the very process of being eaten passes on genes. That is
the genes of an eaten organism are sometimes incorporated inot the
* In the end it is a given that all organisms are interested in
preserving their own lives. However maybe we can say, a successful
organism is one that overcomes this strong bent and actually
sacrifices him/herself for the good of others. For all sorts of
reasons only briefly hinted at above, these are the genes and
organisms that achieve some kind of immortality, not the ones that
confer short term survivability. If Christianity is true, maybe
organisms that sacrifice themselves "for their friends" actually rise
from the dead, that being the ultimate reward. The earthly reward
is that those related to the sacrificing organism prosper in a farmed
relationship to the predator farming species.