Some good thoughts from Lewis, but I feel a bit “bait-and-switch”ed since it has nothing to do with “Evolution” as normally discussed for example on this blog.
It does prod me to mention that a couple years ago there was a very well done article from Prof. Michael Peterson at Asbury exploring the views of Lewis on biological evolution and related issues: http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/2010/PSCF12-10Peterson.pdf
The root meaning of “evolve” is “unfold” or “emerge”, as a rose evolves from a bud, or the universe we know evolved from a ball of super-hot plasma. Some scientists define evolution as “change of relative gene frequencies in a species”. Then there’s Darwinian evolution, which is about a specific mechanism that is important in driving biological change. I think a lot of unnecessary confusion is caused by conflating distinct terms.
If you worry about what Lewis has done to “evolution”, what do you think about what he’s done to “person”? Myself, I like this the best of anything of Lewis’ I’ve read.
Marshall, can you help those of us out who aren’t aware of what Lewis is said to have done to “person”?