Many evolutionists from Darwin to the present have argued that normative ethics have a biological basis and originated through the evolutionary process. In this view ethics is merely a tool—some evolutionists even say an illusion—that helps humans survive and reproduce. It is neither objective nor universal nor immutable. This talk discusses various historical and contemporary examples, including sociobiology and evolutionary psychology, and then offers a critique of evolutionary ethics. Richard Weikart, “Is Evolutionary Ethics Compatible with Christian Ethics?” at Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL)
One would have thought that the pop Darwin version of how religion got started would be most informative in answering that question. (At the BBC, a writer offers an explanation of the Christian practice of Communion, Darwinism-style. Along the way, he discovers that apes are spiritual. 😉 )
Weikart offers a scholarly view.
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