Ever seen a dog pray?
No, seriously. Ever seen s chimp worship?
Well, if the theory of Evolution (and I do emphasize the term “theory”) had anything to do with the advancement of the human species, you’d see primitive forms of deity worship in other, less-evolved animals.
Sound bizarre? It’s not odd as you mighty think. It all has to do with the concept of Reason, and thought. The basic definition of reason is as follows:
As a verb (without an object):
1) to think or argue in a logical manner,
2) to form conclusions, judgments, or inferences from facts or premises,
3) to urge reasons which should determine belief or action.
As a verb (in reference to an object):
1) to think through logically,
2) to conclude or infer,
3) to convince, persuade, etc., by reasoning,
4) to support with reasons.
As a noun:
1) a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact, event,
2) a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action,
3) the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences.
Many atheists and evolutionists consider reason (both with a big and little “r”) to be the main thing that distinguishes themselves from the rest of us deity-worshipping types. And as one atheist expressed to me not too long ago, it is their reliance on pure reason that elevates them above us God-worshipping idiots.
The problem is: even a dog can reason. In fact, there is nothing advanced, evolutionarily speaking, about reason whatsoever. If you boil down the definition of reason to its most fundamental form, it is a process of thought that leads the thing doing the decision-making to a specific conclusion. For example, if a bird consumes a Monarch Butterfly, and eventually vomits it up, it usually doesn’t eat a second one. If it does, it’ll get sick again, and eventually the bird learns through repeated experience. In fact, it is this very reason where there are species of butterflies out there that closely resemble a Monarch, but are not as unpalatable to potential predators. Because they can “fool” the predator into thinking that it is the indigetable Monarch.
This is, as we are told, because these Monarch copycats “evolved” in this manner.
Anything with a functioning ganglion mass has the power to reason, though the form of it may be very limited (like an earthworm), or highly advanced (like Albert Einstein…who, by the way, believed in a creator God). The only evolutionary distinction is the depth by which our individual brains “reason.” A dog reasons better than am inchworm, an ape better than a dog, and a man better than an ape. Much of this distinction has to do with the advancement of intellectual thought through the evolutionary “ascendency,” but also has to do with one very important factor: the farsightedness of the brain doing the reasoning.
Because there is short-term, and long-term reasoning.
Short-term reasoning is very animal-istic. If I get a shock if I touch something, I avoid touching that same thing again for fear of getting another shock. While reactions to pain are often seen as instinctual, the fact of the matter is that most animals have to learn a good portion of their behavior from birth, and an aversion to pain is among them. A dog will learn behaviors based on repeated exposure to pain (depending on the will of the animal), so the dog will learn a specific behavior based on its reasoning of pain. If the dog doesn’t feel pain, or if the gain of a specific action outweighs the pain it may feel, often times the dog will do something that goes contrary to its training.
Any animal trainer will tell you this.
It’s the whole concept of something like gain outweighing pain that actually defined long-term reasoning. I mean, would you willingly drink a substance that is poisonous? Unless you’re a nut, the answer would be most definitely “no.”
Yet things like antibiotics, and chemotherapy work on the principle that you are essentially ingesting poison to cure a specific condition. Yes, antibiotics are poison. Aspirin is poison. You ingest enough of these substances, and you’ll die. However, the gain – getting better – far outweighs the pain – overdosing – and therefore we subject ourselves to the poison regimen. That’s because our advanced brains are able to reason far out enough out to make those sorts of decisions.
But, the reality still is that the only thing that distinguishes us from animals, as it relates to reason and rational thought, is the farsightedness of the gain from our actions.
Up and down the spectrum of intelligent behavior, the only differences that exist between animals and Man is the degree by which those behaviors have evolved. Dogs communicate, as do birds. They think, and react. Man just does all of these things to a higher degree.
Now it may sound like I’m making the case for Evolution. Well, think again. This whole “reason” thing breaks down when it comes to religiosity.
The fact is, the one thing that distinguishes us from animals is the fact that we can express a belief in something we cannot see, touch, feel, or hear. We have that one odd characteristic that drives humanity beyond our primal state: belief.
A belief in an unseen God.
A belief in theories that cannot be immediately proven.
A belief that we can do something that our bodies are not built to do, like fly.
Can a dog do this? How about a chimp? I mean, has anyone ever seen an animal pray? I haven’t. I haven’t read any scientific reports where chimps come together in worship. Belief is a trait that may or may not have started with Neanderthals, but is highly advanced in human beings. So, even if it is a “evolutionary” trait, it is virtually non-existent in lesser species.
And if you take this all at face value, and remove the question of whether there is or is not a God in the Universe, the long-and-short of it is that our irrational belief is highly..ahem…”evolved.” It is a product of our evolution.
In short, “faith” is a highly evolved trait.
Your average, lack-wit evolutionist will counter with the fact that our irrational “faith” may be one of those evolutionary dead-ends. However, over the hundreds of thousands of years Homo Sapiens has existed on the face of the earth, the trait has not died off. I mean, that is what failed evolutionary offshoots do: die off. If this seemingly nonsensical “faith” trait didn’t give man a certain advantage in the natural world, it would have died off in any number of generations that have passed since we have moved from Cro Magnon to Bill Gates.
Seemingly, things like a belief in an irrational thing, blind faith, and the belief in a deity (or deities) give man a specific evolutionary advantage.
Were it not for base, “irrational” belief there would be no such thing a science. Any animal can summarize facts. Any animal can draw conclusions from facts. But animals do not theorize. They cannot look beyond the facts to create something new. Otherwise, you’d have dogs building their own dog houses, bears doing stand-up comedy, and ant colony democracies. Because although theories have their foundations on facts and observations, it takes a seemingly “irrational” belief to formulate new concepts, ideas, and forms of expression. Which is why we question the Universe, but your average cat is still coughing up fur-balls as part of its weekly routine. The cat will never go beyond coughing up furballs…ever.
Some call it the “divine spark.” It is no coincidence that the word “inspiration,” is drawn from the term “breath of the spirit,” or “breath of the divine.” It goes hand-in-hand with the ability to believe in something greater than yourself, and something grander than the obvious.
Which brings me to the point of this post: atheists, therefore, must be evolutionarily backwards. They are not fully “evolved.” They cannot grasp these advanced concepts, and rely on animal “reason” to guide them. Coincidentally, they are quite adamant and open that it is Reason that is their founding rationale.
By embracing of Evolution, rejecting a creator God, all they’ve done is shown how they have not evolved.
It is clear that the belief in the divine is a trait of our evolutionary advancement. We pray. Animals eat their poo. After hundreds of thousands of years, this trait of Belief – especially a belief in the divine (big and little “d”) – has grown bigger, with a greater scope, and more focus. It has not died off in the least. It must have distinct evolutionary advantages that non-belief lacks.
So, therefore, atheists are sub-human.
Maybe they should be treated as such? I dunno.