Cruel Logic

We all know at least something about the physical theory of evolution. According to the theory we all evolved from one celled organisms getting gradually more and more complex, creating new species, until eventually humans were created. This theory has a twin that is less well known. Some believe that
Darwinian Evolution applies to morality as well. According to them our behavior is in our genes. This would mean that people get evil for much of the same reasons some folks have cystic fibrosis. We don’t blame people with cystic fibrosis, so according to this theory we shouldn’t blame evil people.
I say what is justice? Why do our very souls cry out for it when we hear about awful crimes? The need for justice is universal. In all countries we send people who do evil things to prisons, not hospitals like we would if the person had a genetic disease.

Yes, we do have inborn instincts that pull us in certain ways, they can side track us when we see our favorite food, they tempt us to have sex, make us want to smack someone. However, often obeying these instincts are the opposite of moral behavior. Eating whenever we want makes us guilty of gluttony, having sex with someone who is not our spouse breaks up families and for most of the history of man has been considered immoral. Smacking the boss when he or she is being a jerk is immoral. Yet all those immoral acts are instinctual.

When our kids are little, they don’t naturally say please and thank you. They grab without thought. It isn’t until we have trained them how to behave that they say please, and thank you. If morality were in our DNA, training would not be necessary.

In order for human morality to be genetic, it would have to be able to break down morality into motives, and be able to tell the difference between an accidental behavior and one that was done on purpose. Circumstances often dictate the morality of an action. Is it wrong to cut someone? That depends. Are you a doctor trying to help? Are you trying to steal someone’s stuff? Is the person that you are cutting trying to hurt an innocent person? Did you fall with a knife in your hand? In each of the four scenarios, the behavior is the same, but motives dictate the morality of the behavior. Our instincts do not seem to interpret behavior, even in our court trials we have something called temporary insanity. The definition of temporary insanity is: An unsoundness of the mind which the law recognizes as freeing one from responsibility for committing a crime. This happens when something is terrible enough to cut off our mind, and let our genetic instincts take over. So allowing our DNA to make our moral decisions is considered insanity. Thus our DNA can’t be responsible for moral behavior.

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Stand to Reason | Christianity: It’s Either Objectively True or Objectively False

Lately, I’ve begun to realize just how much relativism is ingrained in our culture, particularly when it comes to religion. In conversations with people about Christianity, I’ve found that sometimes I am literally unable to communicate the idea that I’m claiming Christianity is an objectively true description of reality. Unfortunately, I’ve even had a conversation or two like this with Christians. But communicating this is what we must do if we’re truly to communicate the Gospel, because the Gospel is centered on an objective event in history. As the Apostle Paul said, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless.” Often, by explaining the centrality of the historical death and resurrection of Christ, you can help someone to understand the objective nature of our claim—that is, the claim that Christianity is the kind of thing that is either objectively true or objectively false—because history is something most people understand as being objective.
: Stand to Reason | Christianity: It’s Either Objectively True or Objectively False

To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes

To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason

Christians will many times hear atheists make the claim that faith is somehow opposed to reason.  Most people of faith that I talk with reject that idea. They don’t believe that one must choose either faith or reason. However, there are quite a few Christians who think that faith and reason are separate realms that may coexist, but they don’t touch. For some Christians, think this idea is comforting. They have taken certain slogans of “bumper-sticker” Christianity such as “Jesus is all I need” and think that such a position is powerful enough to ward off objections. Worse, they think that the same approach works with evangelism.

via To Witness Like Jesus, Use Logic and Reason | Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes.