Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Re-Evaluating Evolution

I'm taking an anthropology class this semester & have about 50 pages to comb through each week. I'm currently reading about Evolution & Natural Selection. As a Christian, I've been trained to think a certain way & it wasn't either of those! I was taught Creationism, otherwise known as the "fixity" of species. In other words, man & animals are exactly the same now as God created them in the beginning. I honestly don't know at this point & am content to read for the moment. I happened across this thought along the way:

"Natural Selection operates on individuals, either favorably or unfavorably, but it's the population that evolves (Jurmain, Kilgore, TrevaThan, 2011).

I thought the quote was interesting because one can see this at work in the faith life as well. God "operates" on individuals & the immediate population they're part of changes because of them. Think of the influence the disciples had after Jesus ascended, or the affect conversion of a family member, friend or co-worker produces. In fact, we know that one or many individuals can have great impact on populations outside the normative sphere of influence, be it geographical, intellectual, spiritual or even time itself. Not only does the individual change, but the lives that one touches change as well. It happens over time, but it happens. And its how we got our faith...

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