Ok, I took the bait. I couldn’t help myself! A blogger recently featured on a Christian blog I follow is an atheist who answers questions from Christians. So, I asked a question. An honest question. He answered this week and here is the link, please check it out:
Do I Believe In A Soul
(I wanted to reblog it but I don’t actually know how to do that. Technology and I have never been besties. Let’s learn to deal.)
So anyway, I appreciate him taking the time to answer, but my question went largely unanswered. Or maybe I worded it wrong and didn’t get my real question to the forefront.
Of course if you’re an atheist you don’t believe you have a soul! That’s common sense.
And fully in line with that doctrine and world view.
But what I need answered for me is why, why is it that humans have become what we have become? How is it possible? And when did it happen?? I want what I’m always told people who don’t believe in God want: proof. Little known fact: I hold a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology and psychology. I wasn’t a believer in Christ when I was in college and I just remember thinking that the more I learned about evolution the less any of it really made sense. My questions piled up a lot faster than my answers as I dug deeper into it. It seemed like once I was in the nitty gritty of it, there was no proof of anything; that it was all a bunch of best guesses pieced together by a bunch of very smart people all looking for the same thing, and, in my opinion, it takes as much faith to just hear it and believe it as it does to believe in God, in a creator. Like I said, just my lowly opinion there.
So that’s what I wanted to know and I figured his blog was a great place to ask because I knew there would be very learned and highly educated atheists who would weigh in.
I’m not looking for a fight, I’m looking for an answer.
So I guess my real question is this, if you believe in evolution:
Why did humans evolve so differently than other animals? Why do we need a higher consciousness – one so high that we can even debate the existence of souls? Why have we “evolved” so far beyond what we would ever need just to survive? It is all about survival, isn’t it?? Why do we exhibit creativity, imagination, and understanding (just to name a very few qualities on an endless list) when it’s truly unnecessary for our survival? What happened in human evolution that created a completely different type of evolution than any other animal on the planet? In short: scientifically speaking, what makes us so freaking special?? You think a chimp ever wondered about the big bang theory or a dolphin ever pondered Dawkins or Darwin? They’re smart animals too, but why are we in a whole other ball field? (<— we even invented ball fields. Just sayin.) Why are we capable of not just imagining, but building and creating things completely unimaginable to any other species? Why are we capable of things that go so far beyond just survival that it's almost laughable?
Why are we the only ones who search for meaning in life beyond just spreading our genetic seed? Oh, and not just why, WHEN did we begin this? When, when is what I want to know.
I'm NOT trying to start an internet fight and I moderate comments, so anything nasty or condescending (from EITHER SIDE) will not be allowed through. I enjoy civil discussion, seeing things from other points of view, and learning new things. I am not anti-science or anything like that. In fact I give science much credit as I'm a success story cancer lab rat of sorts and I can certainly give credit where credit is due.
I'm earnestly seeking a satisfactory response. I realize this isn't some people's cup of tea and that's ok! No pressure to like, comment, or share. I'm ok if this gets largely ignored, I just want an answer. (And I'll know if you went to Google, I've read all there is there already ;)).
**Update: I wrote this late last night so I wanted to clarify a little, my belief is that we have witnessed certain instances of adaptation, mutation, and natural selection and then based on that made huge guesses and assumptions on human evolution based on this With no proof and essentially because we KNOW there isn’t a God so there had to be another way and this makes sense. Ok, but is that science? It takes a lot of faith in humans to believe that. I’ll still wait though and hear people out