Anyway, we've been doing human evolution for the past 2 weeks or so in Evolution and Behaviour course. I've never really given much thought to it; just accepted it as a given, and a really fascinating topic. And I never really felt that evolution ever conflicted with my belief in God. Because I never really gave much thought to it I guess.
But when you're studying it for an exam, you do have to give quite a bit of thought to it. And well, this is obviously out of syllabus, but I suddenly just wondered, after looking at this picture of Australopithecus afarensis.
Image taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australopithecus_afarensis#Skeletal_morphology_and_locomotion
Could I honestly call that my ancestor? I don't think so. I think if I were to trace back my ancestral roots, I'd probably stop short at Anatomically Modern Humans (AMH), and not go any further back than that.
Which made me wonder. So, when did the idea of a God evolve? I do think religion is a human construct, though I don't feel that that contradicts with my belief (or should it?). I do believe in eternal life and that we will go to heaven (if...). So it's like, Australopithecines of various kinds, then Homo ergaster --> Homo heidelbergensis --> Homo sapiens ---> ? We came up with the idea of God (Is it heretical to say that we came up with the idea/concept of God???) and heaven, and that's where we'll go eventually (after we, as individuals, die), but back on earth I'm sure Homo sapiens (as a species) will go extinct sooner or later (on a geological time scale), and then who knows what will come next...
Or perhaps the earth will come to an end as well when H. sapiens go extinct. Perhaps this is what the bible meant by those apocalyptic verses in the book of Revelation, in some abstract manner... Cos like, undoubtedly looking at the things we're doing to the earth now, we'll sooner or later rob the earth of all its useful resources and probably cause our own demise. Though then again, I'm sure the earth will survive all the rubbish we throw at it cos it always has?
Confused ramblings, random thought experiments. I'm definitely not saying that evolution is not true or that God does not exist. In any case, none of that is examinable and so I should go back to writing my essay on "Australopithecus afarensis: the first fully bipedal hominin?". And then doing some math problems.