Religion and Darwin

I will be out of town for a few days with family in San Diego. It’s rough, but someone needs to do it! 😉

As I set up some posts for distribution, I have come across some interesting articles. I want to link to those articles, then post a couple of meaningful paragraphs for thought.

This one from The New York Times reflects on Darwinism and why religion still hangs around.

These closing paragraphs are encouraging:

Mr. Putnam’s research showed that frequent church- or synagogue-goers were more likely to give money to charity, do volunteer work, help the homeless, donate blood, help a neighbor with housework, spend time with someone who was feeling depressed, offer a seat to a stranger or help someone find a job. Religiosity as measured by church or synagogue attendance is, he found, a better predictor of altruism than education, age, income, gender or race.

Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age. The idea that society can do without it flies in the face of history and, now, evolutionary biology. This may go to show that God has a sense of humor. It certainly shows that the free societies of the West must never lose their sense of God.

Being salt and light actually makes a difference!

See you in church!

2 thoughts on “Religion and Darwin

  1. That is such a great article from Jonathan Sacks in the NY Times – thanks for drawing attention to it. Putnam of course is right. Religion is social capital WRIT LARGE!! That’s behind my latest book offering, Why Religions Work. I hope you and your family had a great time over Christmas and best wishes to all readers for a Happy and prosperous New Year – by which I mean spiritual rather than material prosperity! As Sacks writes, “Religion is the best antidote to the individualism of the consumer age.”

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