Sunday, 13 November 2011
Evolutionist: “Corruption is Normal”
If people believe that they are descended from apes, they will not have an objective basis for morality – or that’s what they will assume.
“When looked at in evolutionary terms, clinging to the moral high ground could be seen as an irrational position,” Laura Spinney concludes in New Scientist magazine. Spinney examines the views some psychologists have of corruption and cheating.
New Scientist is right: If people believe that they are descended from apes, they will not have an objective basis for morality, or they will at least think so. They will feel that they are not accountable to any transcendent authority for their deeds. No wonder that corruption is rampant here and there.
Christianity offers an entirely different view of human accountability. We are ultimately accountable to God for our words and deeds. While we live in a world spoiled by the Fall, the gospel can change us so that we will resist our inclination to corruption and – as Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount – live as salt and light in the world.
Spinney, Laura. 2011. The underhand ape: Why corruption is normal. New Scientist 2837: 42-45.