Our study of Bruce Sanguin’s Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos continues on Saturday, January 26 at 10:00 am. We will focus on Chapter 4 in particular which looks at evolution from different points of view. There are many people today who believe that humans are not part of the evolutionary process, and there are those who exploit the expression, “Survival of the fittest”, to justify a wide variety of anti-social behaviours and policies. “Survival of the most loving” is an alternative view related to the kenotic principle, God as self-emptying. Overall, we will explore the relationship between evolution and faith.
Many questions intrude on the content of this chapter. Is the world of extreme diversity that we see better explained by selfish evolution or loving, self-giving evolution? How is each of these helpful to understanding what is? How are we connected to God in this process? While we regard ourselves as God’s goal for evolution, are we just one more stage on the way to something/someone else? Or are we an evolutionary deadend on the way to destroying ourselves and making room for another branch to evolve to a higher level?