Evolution, evil and original sin

BY DARYL P. DOMNING*, PROFESSOR OF ANATOMY

One of the iron laws of God’s universe is Darwinian natural selection, which enforces selfish behaviour on the part of all living things as the price of survival and evolutionary progress—even though, as a practical certainty, this selfishness eventually entails sin on the part of moral creatures. God, in the Christian view, knew this from the beginning, and knew that we would eventually need an incarnate example of perfect, divine altruism to show us how to transcend our original selfishness and even the limited, self-interested sort of altruism that evolution can create Continue reading

The sins of our fathers

Sometimes we pay a high price for the mistakes and sins of our parents and our own—not because of God’s punishment but because of nature’s implacable laws. Scripture defends individual responsibility, and God, who is merciful and forgiving and wants our happiness, is not to be blamed for the evil we experience and cause to others

Do we inherit the sins of our fathers, and should we be held accountable for them? Some biblical texts (Gen 3: 15–19. 22–24; Ex 20: 5; 34: 6–7; Dt 5: 9; Nm 14: 18; 2 Sam 21: 1–9; Jer 32: 18) seem to indicate that God does in fact punish us for things we do not do. Giving the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, the Lord commands the people:

FR JOSEPH REBELO, COMBONI MISSIONARY Continue reading