Page 411-412: "The effect that the discovery of had and continues to have upon the religious, especially the worldview may be even more profound than the earlier scientific revolutions that displaced human beings from the physical center of creation. If we were not specially created, what does it mean to be human? Does humanness begin and end with the biological notion of the species The traditional Christian understanding of human dignity took it to be based in the notion that humans are created in God’s image. What can be retained of human uniqueness and dignity if we evolved from and are ‘‘just’’ one more branch on the evolutionary tree? And what happens now that genetic technology puts our future evolution in our own hands?
Through its discoveries and the questions that these lead to, has challenged religious thinkers to reassess old notions of Imago Dei. Though a literal reading of ‘‘God’s image’’ would suggest that human beings resemble God in visual shape, surely it is an odd notion in more ways than one that human beings get their dignity because their body looks like God’s. Evolution gives further impetus to separate that notion from the body itself and to focus on more abstract candidates for the human essence. It is common now for religious thinkers to identify instead traits such as human freedom Biology and Religion and ethics." #apes #atheism #secular #atheists #evolution #christian #darwin #biology #darwinism #atheist #genesis #homosapiens