Evolutionary Beings

“This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed.”

–Martin Luther

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Many secular thinkers have entertained the idea that evolution, indeed, may not stop at the human race.

Carl Sagan asks, “If there is as a continuum from self-reproducing molecules, such as DNA, to microbes, and an evolutionary sequence continuum from microbes to humans, why should we imagine that continuum to stop at humans? Why should there be an open-ended gap in the spectrum of beings?”

If natural selection is correct, as Darwin presumed, and that the dimension of time is what allows “for the varieties in each[species] to become well modified and perfected… [will it not] improve still further the inhabitants, and thus produce a new species [?]”

The famed Russian author, Leo Tolstoy, felt deeply convinced that the evolutionary chain of beings most likely has something to do with our own divine origin: “I feel that I form one link, one step, between the lower and higher beings, in this vast harmonious multitude of beings in whom the Deity — the Supreme Power if you prefer the term — is manifest. If I see, clearly see, that ladder leading from plant to man, why should I suppose it breaks off at me and does not go farther and farther?”

Even the self-proclaimed atheist, Sam Harris, understands that “there is clearly a sacred dimension to our existence, and coming to terms with it could well be the highest purpose of human life.”

From all these diverse walks of life, the point remains that the work is not finished, the story is not over. There is something very powerful at work beyond our world and our ken.

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