Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Religion and Evolution
Raymond Cattell and others have pointed out that it was the natural selection of groups rather than individuals (listen up libertarians) that gave us concern for ethical values, often tied to religion. The natural selection of individuals had to fit the natural selection of groups, otherwise the group would disappear. Ethics developed from this inter-group selection for the group, and religion usually fostered mutual love and self-sacrifice, as in the Ten Commandments.
But it is not just the ethical values of the survival of the group, it is what behavior contributes to the evolution of the group as well. The religion of the Theoevolutionary Church (TC) emphasizes the sacred evolution to Godhood. And it is also important to emphasize what ethical rules govern interacting groups. This then leads to a worldview of many small states, each with its variation of bio-cultural ethics advancing toward Godhood, and with all the states protected by a light federalism.
The Church guides, voluntarily, and includes research on human behavior, and examines which ethics lead to successful survival and evolution, and the workable interactions between groups.TC does not replace the ethics of the Revealed Religions ( as Beyondism seems to advocate), TC adds research from sociobiology to the Involutionary Inward Path of the Revealed Religions, on the great mission of all groups evolving to Godhood by way of the Evolutionary Outward Path. This defines the Twofold Path. Ordered Evolution and Revitalized Conservatism are the methods, not revolution.