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World-class skeptic Michael Shermer is suffering from a not-so-rare condition: empty nest syndrome. His daughter is away at university, and he misses her. The authentic love of a father for a daughter, right?
Enter the darwinian explanation.
We parents can’t help feeling this way, and neuroscience explains why. Addictive chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin surge through the brain and body during positive social interactions (especially touch). This causes us to feel closer to one another. Between parents and offspring, it cements a bond so solid that it is broken only under the most unusual (and usually pathological) circumstances.Under this scenario, love is not authentic. It is just a chemical burp dished up by mindless evolution, the same process that dishes up the urge to rape. It's an evolutionary parlour trick, and nothing more.
Albert Mohler puts it this way:
He concludes with words that can hardly be described as sentimental. “Each of us parents makes one small contribution to the evolutionary imperative of life’s continuity from one generation to the next,” he suggests.
Rarely is the sterility and bleakness of the evolutionary worldview displayed with such candor. The love of a parent for a child is reduced to an evolutionary factor that works through a physiological process of chemical interactions in the brain.
If evolution is true, it must explain everything. Michael Shermer’s article demonstrates just how unsatisfying that explanation is.Does Shermer actually live as though love were nothing more than a programmed chemical response? Of course not. Atheism, and darwinism as part of the package, is unliveable in practice. We all live as if love is an authentic experience and an authentic part of being human. In other words, we live as though theism were true.
Philosophical darwinism is indeed a universal acid. It rots the soul and dissolves our humanity.
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