Theistic Evolution: "The Language of God"
Last week we looked at the shear magnitude of life on earth. It’s breathtaking—roughly ten million visible species and perhaps as many as a billion microbial ones, filling every cranny of land, sea, and air. Yet, the mystery of how life began some 3.5 billion years ago within the oceans that covered Mother Earth remains a mystery, one that we bridge with our various beliefs.
How about you, what do you believe?
As for me, I’ve embraced a number of beliefs over the years. As a teanagers I was raised within the Unity Church, as a university zoological major I embraced whole-heartedly evolutionary theory and became an athiest. As life experiences unfolded I became a Buddhist, a Sik, a Yogi, a Scientologist, a humanistic transcendental psychologist, a Taoist, a Christian (Presbyterian) with a Jewish twist, who believes fully in evolutionary theory. Most of all, I love the beauty of all beliefs when practiced with love towards humanity and our earth.
I would like to share one of the iterations of how earth was form: it is a theistic evolution, the version spelled out by Dr. Francis Collins in his book, The Language of God. It rests on the following premises:
For those of us who enjoy reading from old documents, just a couple thoughts from the Old Testament, notice the similarities to Collins’ “nothingness”:
The above quote from Genesis 1 comes from the New American Standard Bible’s translation of the Torah (the Hebrew Bible). Dohrea informs me that another translation of the hebrew into english, as she reads hebrew directly from the Torah the spirit of God is gliding, hovering, immersing, and uniting with the formless, limitless, yet organic and whole universe. When Dohrea explains this part, the beauty and wholeness of this strange place (to us), not formed, not in our realm, and not found, sounds other-worldly awesome.
There are many serious evolutionary biologists who are also serious believers in theistic evolution. The list includes the 19th century Harvard Botanist Asa Gray, who was Darwin’s chief advocate in America; Theodosius Dobzhansky, the 20th century architect of evolutionary thinking; and for the 21st century, Francis Collins himself, the lead scientist and director of the Human Genome Project, the group credited for completing the mapping of the human genome. Francis Collins is now the director of the National Institute of Health.
Eric Chivian MD and Aaron Bernstein MD (Founders of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School) begin their magnificent, beautiful book, Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity, with quotes from Genesis 9:16, the Koran 6:38, the Bhagavad Gita VII:7-9 and the Gradual Sayings of the Buddha. I love the Bhagavad Gita quote,
How fortunate we are to be free to contemplate and share such things.
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I love these creatures of the night. A couple of weeks ago we called the mystical Lynx the Spirit of the Boreal (the magical forests of the North), and I think of the hyena as the Spirit of the African Night. Often disappearing in aardvark holes to sleep during the heat of the day, they emerge again in the cool of the evening to hunt. They seem so relentess, so bloodthirsty, but are they really? There is another side that is so precious—check out this You Tube video: Naabi, a hyena princess (2009). It’s worth watching the whole things. Hyenas have a different hunting strategy than lions. They work the crowds by ambling along, meandering amongst the wildebeast appearing disinterested, which relaxes their prey. Yet all the time looking for the opportunity. They are a wild animal that can bond with humans beings.