Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Toward an evolutionary religious understanding of natural law
I think the conservative understanding of history is in harmony with the evolutionary version of history in seeing earlier forms as precursors of later developments.
Natural law is natural behavior existing within us and around us. Natural law relates to the laws of nature in association with religion.
Nature allows both evolution and devolution. You may call devolution “sin,” but it is nevertheless part of nature and natural law.
Within this realm of devolution and evolution we have some free choice---religion, philosophy and science can help us make our choices.
Human nature evolved thousands of years ago to be kin-centered, gender defined, heterosexual marriage-making, ethnocentric, even xenophobic, with group-selection as the primary unit of selection.
Human law, and state law, should prudently harmonize as much as possible with human nature, the better to have peace and order in human societies.
For example, ethnopluralism, with the separation of powers, states and ethnic cultures is suggested by natural law and human nature, with some sort of protecting federalism.
Where are we going in relation to natural law and religion? Life is evolving toward Godhood, and we should aid in this evolution.
The ongoing evolution of life toward Godhood is the foundational direction of virtue and ethics, made sacred by religion.
The God first seen only inwardly in traditional religion is transformed yet retained as an earlier precursor of our material evolution to real Godhood, as described in theological materialism.