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Evolutionary Creation and Christian Ethics

St. Louis University
Dr. Craig Boyd

Biological evolution has traditionally presented a challenge to Christian faith for two primary reasons: (1) it seems to call into question the dignity of humanity, and (2) it seems to present a threat to a literal understanding of the Creation narratives.  It could be said that these two problems have received the greatest amount of attention.  However, evolution has also presented at least two difficulties for Christian faith in that it (1) seems to be the basis for a kind of “naturalistic evolution” – that is, if human nature is constantly changing, doesn’t it seem as if the standards of our behavior would also need to change?, and (2) if evolution seems to advocate the “survival of the fittest” doesn’t this necessarily lead to a kind of moral “social Darwinism?” I argue that that to embrace evolutionary creation does not require that theists must defend a kind of “scientific moral relativism” since the principles of natural law ethics and the development of the virtues seem to converge with the ways in which people have evolved.  However, the challenge of social Darwinism has been recently advocated by various people who see themselves as “Christian libertarians” who want to follow the economic teachings of Ayn Rand while simultaneously being a disciple of Christ.  Rand presents a naïve version of social Darwinism and fails to understand how compassion and love can develop in an “evolutionary world.”

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