Naturalism (the view that it’s material nature all the way down) hasn’t fared much better with human language than with consciousness. The problem is that the things we communicate to each other are often stuff that nature never otherwise knew. Whether it is “We hold these truths …” or “Love your neighbor as yourself,” they are not the counsels of nature as such but of a specifically human nature, which we explore when we explore the human mind. More.
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As you pinted out News, one thing that drastically separates man from animals, (i.e. part of the ‘image of God’ inherent to man), is our ability to communicate information.
In fact, the three r’s, ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic’, are the first things to be taught to children when they enter school. And in direct contradiction to Charles Darwin’s claim that we have no right to believe that God creates ‘in ways analogous to the intellectual powers of the human mind’, at the heart of life, we find ‘reading, writing, and arithmetic’ (information processing) to be central to biological life:
Moreover, scriptures hold that God ‘spoke’ reality into existence, and, although many theologians would be willing to write those scriptures off as mere metaphor, surprisingly we find a fairly direct connection between sound and energy:
Verse and Music: