Where Good Comes From

Dear Reader,

I was reading an article in this week’s Boston Globe (read it here) about evolutionists arguing over the origin of altruism. A couple of thoughts immediately occurred to me. The first was a flash back to C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity in which he deals with just this problem: how can we have good without some higher standard above ourselves?

My second thought was that this “altruism” is not really good. Evolutionists may argue about why one creature does something that does not seem to be in its own self-interest. But in the end, they all come back to self-interest. The conclusions they come to are either that the creature helps its kin in order to ensure the survival or its own genes (or those closely related) or to ensure the survival of its social group. Either way the end is that the altruistic  act is done for the creature’s own good. It is never purely about doing what is best for someone else. And the funny thing is that they are right. None of us can do a completely good, selfless act by ourselves. It takes something beyond us, it takes the Holy Spirit in us, to make such an act possible. When we start with a world view that assumes no Creator, no higher standard, we will never truly understand or appreciate good.

Nebby

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