Herbert Spencer believed that Evolution and Natural Selection could be applied to all aspects of the Universe. To see if this can be applied at least to religion, we must first understand what the difference is between natural selection and random selection?
I was watching “Jesus Among Other Gods” by Ravi Zacharias. I have to give credit where credit is due. In one scene, he was on a panel, and an audience member presented him the question of explaining how a God could allow his sister to go through years of pain before finally taking her life. I am very sure this was not the first time he has heard this question, and we all knew that his answer would be the “He moves in mysterious ways”, “He loves us”, and “He will strengthen us through this” speech. Regardless of whatever preparation he must have had for this question, he gave an unbelievably moving response that almost had me convinced. He has developed an amazing talent for exuding his knowledge, his understanding and his passion in his presentation.
I digress. In another scene, he was discussing evolution versus the six days of creation. His argument was one that I’ve heard before. Basically, it states that whether it was 6 days or 15 billion years, it wasn’t enough time for evolution to result in the complexity of the current universe. He uses the analogy of monkeys pounding away on a keyboard randomly in an attempt to recreate 370 or so letters taken from a Shakespearean play. So through a completely random selection of keys as would be produced by monkeys on a keyboard, it is very obvious that 15 billion years would not be enough. The problem with this argument is that evolution is not governed by random selection but by natural selection.
Natural selection insinuates something more definitive than random selection. There is something controlling and coordinating the selection, namely Nature. More specifically, the laws of nature are what make the decisions in the evolutionary process. Imagine a funnel through which passes all of the seemingly random attempts at life and speciation made by evolution. As natural selection occurs, the less compatible attempts at life are filtered out, and the funnel gets narrower. This cycle continues on forever and the funnel keeps filtering out the less compatible species. In this analogy, the walls and parameters of the funnel are the laws of Nature. These laws of Nature are unchanging and absolute, and all species that pass through must either adapt to these laws or make way for other species. It is these laws that indirectly force a selection.
Through this funnelling performed by Nature, it becomes clear that the pure randomness of the “monkeys on typewriters” analogy does not apply to the universe as Darwin saw it. In fact, given the inflexibility of the laws of nature, there is much order, control that insinuates intelligence behind evolution.
Einstein once said:
“I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws…What I’m really interested in is knowing whether God could have created the world in a different way?”
If natural selection in Nature could have only resulted in one possible outcome, then the odds of that outcome eventually occurring are extremely high. This translates to evolution in religion as well.
Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka said:
“Moreover, we need to be very clear that all religions have some truth in them. There is no religion that is totally false. Religion, in general, is about mankind trying to reach or reconnect with God and God reveals Himself to all mankind through the Creation and human conscience. At least from the theistic perspective and from the common sense perspective, what is made reveals some things about the one that made it. So it is natural for us to find some truth or glimmerings of truth in all religions, because the nature is accessible to all humans and they do learn something or the other about the Supernatural Creator. All truth, wherever we might find it, is God’s truth. “
We’ve seen Christianity evolve in many ways throughout history. It continues to evolve in its literal or metaphorical interpretation of the Bible. Each interpretation seems to spin-off another “species” of Christian that either is adaptable to the truth or is not and is eventually filtered out. The same is true for other religions as well. Even science is starting to draw parallels with religion.
The Natural Selection of religion is simply what Reverend Sudhakar stated above. All religions are seeking God and the Truth. The Truth is immutable. So the parameters and attributes that define the truth will funnel and filter religions into more and more accurate representations of God and Truth.
After reading the above, I realize a little more of what I meant by convergenism. I still am undecided as to whether it is an appropriate title, but in this regard it applies. All religion, through natural selection, is converging into a single religion which is the Truth.