Russell and Duenes

A Tale of Two Species

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From the primordial ooze came simple organisms, and through a continual process of unguided and purposeless evolution, mankind came to be. He is not created, does not bear any “stamp” or “image” of a Creator, has no purpose for being here, has no end toward which he is evolving, except perhaps extinction, and possesses no inherent dignity or value. Mankind is merely a souped up primate trying to survive, and his technological inventions have given him immense control over the evolutionary process, allowing him to weed out the undesirables rather ahead of schedule (though there really can be no schedule in this narrative). Since there is no end or telos for which mankind was created, and there is no knowable life after death, then our existence veers ever more toward the desperate quest for immortality and human perfection, a way to transcend the limits of our embodied existence and overcome physical death. Since there is no sin in this story, there is no redemption. Only ever increasing raw power to exercise command over nature. Perhaps our technological wizardry will make it possible to live on forever by downloading the contents of our mind on to a kind of super computer and concocting a mechanical body which will be ruled by the computer. This is the culturally dominant, “scientistic” narrative where technological “progress” is our lord and the techno-utopians are the high priests and messiahs…

We were created as physical and spiritual beings by a loving, wise, transcendent and immanent Creator, bearing His image and likeness, for the purpose of living in fellowship with him. We fell from this lofty position by rebelling against our Creator and preferring useless idols instead. We were thus cursed. Corruption, decay and death were now our fate. We deserved God’s holy judgment. But God wanted to redeem and save the people he had made. So he had mercy on us in our rebellious state, and he determined the times and places of our lives so that we might seek him and find him, “though he is not far from each one of us.” In fact, our Creator entered into our world as the God-man in order to offer himself over to death for our redemption and rise to new life for our ultimate salvation. Death still claims us all, but we have the hope of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. God makes his people to be “a kingdom and priests to serve our God and they will reign on the earth.” This is the competing narrative, whereby mankind’s hope is not found in outlasting death through technological manipulation of brute nature, but rather, where death is overcome in the death and resurrection of Christ, and our final hope is having “citizenship in heaven, and from it awaiting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

We should be concerned with which story is actually true, but we ought also to ask ourselves which story we should like to be true.


Written by Michael Duenes

May 25, 2010 at 11:13 pm

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