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There's been many novels and studies explaining how both the theory of Evolution and Christianity can co-exist as both being true. I haven't given this a read yet (I plan to), but there's a novel entitled The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry (found here: https://www.amazon.com/Genealogical-Adam-Eve-Surprising-Universal/...


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"Evolutionism claims that religious beliefs result from their ability to give us a cooperative ability to survive. This, an Evolutionist would argue, would imply that religion comes into existence, not on any truth claim, but from evolution giving us useful, but otherwise untrue beliefs." Evolution of a belief does not mean it is untrue. If ...


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First, to directly address the (not exactly identical) question in the title: Does the Origin of Religious Beliefs from Evolution cast doubt on Christian belief? No, because from a Christian perspective, the very premise is flawed. We must start by asking whether this assertion has any credence, since a faulty assertion has little power to cast doubt. So, ...


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A Christian (or more generally, a theistic) response to this claim is to expose the unjustified premise of metaphysical naturalism, a philosophical position which restricts the explanation for human's universal sense of deity to come only from nature. Several Christian philosophers who reject metaphysical naturalism (see the article The Self-Defeat of ...


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Your question over-simplifies what has been said on the topic. Beliefs and ideas cannot 'evolve' in the same way that physical characteristics evolve. Beliefs are not genetic. A human baby is born without any "beliefs", and in most cases is raised by their parents to believe in something, or not! The confusion you have may come from the fact that ...


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This might not be the answer you're looking for, but a great reference for this argument would be in C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity. Certain concepts are paralleled with this argument, specifically the law of morality, where our morals come from, and the nature of God. After establishing that our moral structure comes from God himself, one point Lewis ...


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No. Everything that exists, came to be by the process of evolution. So by that logic, scientific beliefs too are false. There's nothing in the evolutionary mechanism that optimizes for objective truth, just survival. For instance, a caveman that believes he will be abducted by aliens if he eats a poisonous fruit will survive. Another that doesn't have this ...


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It matters zero where religious beliefs as a whole come from (I doubt the claim it is emergent from evolution can be properly proven, anyway), because even if it were as claimed, that touches not at all the fundamental claim of revealed religions that their religion was directly communicated from God. It is a genetic fallacy. It is God who revealed himself ...


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