The foundational stories of our cultures matter a lot in our outlook as a people. One of these foundational stories is about our views of creation. Our philosophy around this informs how we think the world functions. The modern view is one of macro-evolution, not that macro-evolution is entirely modern in origin, but is in vogue in recent years. It is often said to be a “scientific fact:” the idea that all organisms evolved from “simple” to complex” over billions of years, for which we have no evidential proof. It is often said that the science on this is settled, and that there is a scientific consensus upon which “all the scientists agree.” We hear this a lot about any scientific matter which is also political. It’s mostly propaganda. It inhibits free speech, which is the basis of true science. Science that is “settled” is not science.
The problem with macro-evolution, from a philosophical point of view is how it depicts God. It means creation occurred through the process of violence and murder. The opening sections of the bible are heavily poetic and have many very important themes, but how we view creation, at least philosophically, is one of those important ideas. The concept of “survival of the fittest” is still at the centre of evolutional theory, despite attempts to tweak it, and this makes the theory no different from the earliest pagan creation myths. The biblical story is of a benevolent God who restores a creation that has fallen into violence and murder, back to its roots of harmony and goodness. No matter how we tweak evolution, progress by outsmarting others does not reflect the nature of God who created all things. If we think that it does, then humanity has a problem, because we ultimately follow our idea of the divine.
Marco-evolutionary theory easily fits into our Western cultural norms: a god who is virtually absent doesn’t interfere with our rule of the earth in injustice. Such a rule is simply following a macro-evolutionary creational myth. Predatory capitalism, which is dominant in today’s world, is very much in line with this creational philosophy. The poor are ruled out over time, leaving the intelligent prosperous to inhabit a better future for humanity. These ideas have been silenced somewhat since Hitler discredited them, but they are still foundational to competitive theory which dominates current worldview. These ideas are still prevalent in Hollywood’s depiction of the future, especially in science fiction that place all mankind’s hopes in technology in the hands of the elite. It’s an evolutionary view which runs counter to the biblical model, which depicts creation flourishing through sabbath, the care of the poor, the restoration of relationships. This, not technology, not space research, is our hope.
There is a theory that Jesus preached a macro-evolutionary view of the kingdom and creation. The parables about the seed starting small, and growing, of the leaven which eventually permeated the whole lump of dough. The idea here is that the kingdom grows in an evolutionary way, and from this it is said that God created the world in the same way, since this is how he works as revealed in the gospel. This isn’t the biblical story though. The biblical story is one where the kingdom comes into an alien world that has fallen and permeates that fallenness, renewing it back to its original plan of goodness. The biblical view is that it was sin that spoilt the creation, for which the new leaven of the kingdom of God is required. There is no biblical story showing that the fallenness of creation is the original condition and God’s kingdom comes as a biological evolutionary force. We are very much still on the drawing board when it comes to trying to grapple with a scientific understanding of beginnings. Foolhardiness or suppression of ideas isn’t the way forward.
The ancient creation myths depicted the gods in battle. They fought for supremacy and the god that won stamped his will upon the creation. The stories were filled with violence, murder, sexual abuse, and wilful egocentric behaviour. The gods were oppressive, and they made mankind to serve them as slaves. The gods were tired of farming and wanted slaves to do the hard work for them, to bring them food and make the goods they needed so they could be relieved of the burdens. These gods were clearly inventions, made up by the kings, priests, and other elite of the time, to enforce a worldview of supremacy upon the rest of humanity. They made their gods in their own image. The biblical story is opposite, where the true image of God is to transform us into his likeness. God made mankind in his own image and likeness. The ancient pagan creation stories furnished the philosophy of the day, the relationship between the elite and the masses: these stories provided the view through which the world was seen and understood, especially the social structures.
In the biblical account of creation God made humanity in his image. Humanity was not made as slaves to be oppressed by the gods. Humanity was made with honour, to share rulership with God over the creation, which means to nurture and protect the creation in its harmony and balance. The opening chapter of the bible is beautiful in the natural balance that is shown, the symbiotic relationship between every part of the natural creation, through which the whole system flourishes in health. Humanity were assigned the job of maintaining this symbiotic balance. This is what we haven’t done too well. We have often thought that to “have dominion and subdue the earth” (Genesis 1) means to exploit its resources. More recently, the idea has gone further, claiming that our modern technologies can refashion nature and make it better. DNA manipulations in agriculture and medicine are said to enhance human interests. The symbiotic relationships of nature are being forsaken and artificial intelligence is fast coming onto the horizon to replace our natural world with a synthetic and machine led world.
Robots are becoming far more sophisticated in our general production services, including alternative processed foods. Synthetic foods are being promoted and already laboratory made “meat” is making a lot of money on the market as “our remedy for climate change.” These climate issues are driving change that is greatly reshaping not only our societies, but also our relationships. These technologically led “climate solutions” are driven by business interests and that is why they have become so political. Synthetic chemicals already dominating farming mean we don’t need biodiversity or the diverse human relationships once necessary. It also means our soils are being killed by the destruction of microbial soil life. Laboratory made baby’s milk will soon be on the market, as a massive profit industry, again “necessary” to prevent climate change. Our environment does have serious problems, but it is a return to our natural stewardship that is the answer, not synthetic farming technologies and synthetic foods. These will kill us and the environment.
When you look at the Agenda 21 and the Great Reset of the World Economic Forum, and the way these projects are forcing people off farms into overcrowded cities you see a future of ill-health. The living conditions of the masses will continue to decline, along with lowering wages and a widening gap between the rich and poor. Synthetic health remedies will be required more and more, until our population rates will be affected and decline. When you look at the elite in charge of these programs and their history in eugenics (which is established historical fact) it gives cause for concern. For a long time these reflections have been seen as fanciful conspiracy theories, but with the now pressing calls for digital ID’s, enforced vaccinations with “vaccination certificates” and compulsory rezoning of land, these things are happening at an increasing pace.
With the rise of robotics, artificial intelligence, and synthetic foods, it might be that the gods may soon not need the masses. As long as we pursue this technological world for our solutions, and not the symbiotic world God created, then we are in danger of making a world in which the dilemma of the pagan gods is settled: “Who will bring us food and make the goods that we need?” Modern science is pursuing a final answer to this question, which isn’t good for the rest of us. Science fiction portrays a world in which the elite can exist without their labour force. We are approaching the world of science fiction today. Modern science can be good, but not when it is monopolised in the hands of the elite, as it is today. This monopoly is clearly not in the interests of humanity.
Our future depends on the way we view creation and view our role within it as humanity.