RE: [asa] (introducing... sin) "Evolutionary Creation" book comments

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Wed Oct 07 2009 - 15:52:12 EDT

On Fri, 2 Oct 2009, Dehler, Bernie wrote:

> ?Now if someone wants to hypothesize an evolutionary pathway for the 'origin
> of sin' they'll be doing something quite amazing. Maybe that is what someone
> out there has done or is about to offer, to take their shot? Somewhere, at
> some time folks, we do need an X to mark the spot!?
> You can?t mark the spot where sin was recognized by humans because it was
> recognized gradually through emergence.
> It is the same way in each of our lives? from birth, knowing nothing, to
> gradually learning as we get older (then eventually losing it all as we go
> senile in old age, if we live long enough).  It is like trying to pin-point
> ?the age of accountability? for a human... there is no specific age or
> moment.  Just like evolution? step by step, precept upon precept.

This is an extreme example of something I frequently see on this list:
namely, trying to base answers to spiritual questions on physical
criteria. If one sees the biological division between humans and some
other creatures as fuzzy, then must there also be fuzzy versions of souls,
sinners, salvation, the image of God, etc.? I don't see the Bible as
allowing various degrees of these concepts.

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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