The Evolution of God

The Onion had a piece about how the deity of humans evolved from a chimpanzee deity.

While comical, the piece deserves some serious comment.

First, in making a connection with biological evolution, it plays into the popular misunderstanding that human beings evolved from other primates which currently exist, whether chimpanzees or others.

Second, there is a serious theological point to note. Whether or not “God evolves,” there can be no real doubt that humans’ thinking about God has evolved.

On a related note, the Bible has evolved, and what people think the Bible literally says has evolved, as Karl Giberson’s recent piece on geocentrism explores.

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