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Women's Class: Christian Worldview and the False Dichotomy Between Sacred and Secular (Pt.10)

June 9, 2019 Speaker: Danielle Lochan Series: Women's Class: Christian Worldview and the False Dichotomy between Sacred and Secular

“The Christian and the Materialist hold different beliefs about the universe. They can’t both be right. The one who is wrong will act in a way which simply doesn’t fit the real universe.”   - C.S. Lewis

Learning goals: (a) to understand how Darwinism isn’t just a scientific theory but a worldview (evolutionary psychology) (b) study the limitations of evolutionary psychology

Wikipedia Definitions of Some “isms”

Darwinism: a theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce

Naturalism: the "idea or belief that only natural (as opposed to supernatural or spiritual) laws and forces operate in the world." Adherents of naturalism (i.e., naturalists) assert that natural laws are the rules that govern the structure and behavior of the natural universe, that the changing universe at every stage is a product of these laws

Lecture Outline:

  1. Introduction: Evolutionary Psychology (applying Darwinism to social and cultural issues)
  2. Evolutionary Psychology on Morality
    1. Evolutionary Psychology on Rape
    2. Evolutionary Psychology on Infanticide
    3. Evolutionary Psychology on Bestiality
  • Limitations of Evolutionary Psychology
    1. Evolutionary psychology is self-defeating (it undercuts itself): If all ideas are products of evolution, and not really true but useful, then evolution itself is not true either.
    2. Evolutionary psychology fails the practical test: No one can live by it.
  1. Conclusions on Evolutionary Psychology as a Worldview

*We’ve been following Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity for this series. This handout has been adapted from her book.

Pearcey, Nancy. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. Crossway Books, 2008.