Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Why Apes Are Not Spiritual Beings
In a seething attack on Neo-Darwinism, Michael Engor takes on the views of primatologist Jane Goodall on the topic of religious belief among apes:
She quotes what chimps are doing in the forest, as they drew rocks into the river.
However, Dr Engor has said his dog can to all the tricks.
The chimps shrine and the assumed evolution of religion assumed evolution of religion.
Now, all animals can show they have feelings – but this isn’t even close to religion. Only man can worship God – or not worship Him.
But we would not expect them to use language or worship their Maker or build theories, as they most probably are not capable of abstract thinking.
Only humans are created in the image of God and as such we are special.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made .
“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet.” (Psalm 8: 4–6, ESV).
Engor, Michael, 2019. Why Apes Are Not Spiritual Beings. Mind Matters (23 April).