Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Evolution: Why God Loves You
You are the only person occupying your shoes. Take a walk through the park. Notice and appreciate the things of beauty. Hear the songs of birds, see their beautiful color and amazing flight - never smashing into a tree branch. Look for beauty in insects sipping nectar from beautiful flowers, feeding on leaves of seedlings beneath majestic trees, their forebears. There is so much more to see and appreciate.
God knows everything about God's creation, from the microscopic to the cosmic. It is all old stuff to God. But we are able to appreciate it with awe, wonder, and feelings that express our joy to God. Don't you get warm feelings when your loved ones are pleasurably moved by such things?
When you have a good story to tell, do you only tell it once? Most of us enjoy telling it over and over to new listeners. And a listener may be pleased to hear the same story from others. The excitement of each grandchild during their early childhood celebrations is always joyful.
There are billions of ways and places to have similar, but unique, experiences foreknown to God. Share them with others, but don't overdo it, they probably won't have God's infinite capacity for love and empathy.
- that some deep sea animals have longevity far beyond that of their shallow water relatives.
- that their environment shaped the pogonophoran transition from nervous system ventral annelid ancestors to nervous system dorsal vertebrate descendants.
- that the deep sea provided areas for the pogonophorans to survive multiple major extinction events making the preceding possible.
- the evolutionary story needs correcting where major changes were based on molecular phylogeny studies using inadequate sample sizes, as indicated in earlier posts of this blog.
Joseph Engemann Emeritus Professor of Biology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan February 27, 2018
The opinions expressed in this blog are mine, not those of Western Michigan University; however, I am grateful for the opportunity they provided to teach courses and do research leading to my understanding of many of the topics I present. Did I answer the question why God loves you - God made you using infinite patience and the evolutionary process.