Steve Jones

Steve Jones

Darwin Day: Did God Evolve?

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Tue 07 February 2017

Steve Jones

Darwin Day: Did God Evolve?

Steve Jones
Tue 07 February 2017,

There are plenty of events in the Bible that can be explained in scientific terms and, no doubt, have some historical reality. They include the Flood, the Exodus and even the Great Plagues, which emerged at just the time that the first cities became large enough to maintain epidemics such as TB and leprosy. However, science can also tell us something about the origin of religion itself.

Steve Jones explains that ideas and beliefs evolve as much as do bodies and brains, and that in some ways the two processes are similar. A survey of world religions, both now and in the past, shows some interesting consistencies, with a clear fit between levels of belief and the structure of societies. It seems that, from the beginning, particular faiths have been – as Darwin showed for bodies – driven by demographic success.

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