as I said don't take it personally but simply acknowledge that what sbf describes does happen in the world out there. You don't fall into that category but thanks sbf anyway for reminding us because as we know we could
Whoa, back up. The premise is not equal. With regard to evidence for a particular worldview, there is no actual evidence for a theistic world view. On the other hand, there is amble objective evidence on the scientific side. Secondly, "atheist" just means "doesn't believe in god, gods, goddesses, spirits, angels, demons", etc.. It has nothing in particular to do thinking evolution or abiogenesis is true. That has more impact on a theistic worldview than an atheistic one.
The soul is what produces the sense of infinity in your mind. And the search for meaning, justice, beauty and so on. No other animal do that. So we can assume we have some extra in our animal minds.
What is "the sense of infinity" in your mind? How do you know animals don't have it? How do you know animals don't have a sense of justice or appreciate beauty? It's a common trope in religious thought that animals were "dumb", but science has clearly shown (science wins over assumptions again) that animals are FAR more complex that humans thought. In fact, it was recently discovered that dolphins have one on one conversations. Animals have emotions and conversations, why would not have those other things?
At this point, what you are calling the "soul" is a metaphor for "your assumptions about animals".
I know you're a positivist. I don't know if you're aware of that but you belongs to a failed French philosophy.
I am not a positivist, which, BTW, predates the idea of France, French, and even Latin, which French is based on. Next time you decide to tell someone what you assume they are, try knowing what you are actually talking about.
Science could only be created in the Christian theology.
Science actually got started in Greece in the 5th century and really got going around the year 1000, by a Muslim. The Muslim world came up with all kinds of science that we still use today, fleshed out the scientific method, etc. Meanwhile, the Church was persecuting Galileo.
Not only does it pre-date Christianity by 500 years, it was championed by Muslims.
Why is it Christians know so little about their own past?
Viviane I was referring to the most recent common ancestor of humanity.
The most common recent ancestor for humans was a woman 100,000 - 200,000 years ago. The MRCA on the male side is longer ago than that. Are you suggesting that God implanted a soul (metaphor for your assumption that animals are dumb, a common religious trope) in a human and that for thousands of years there were half souled human/animal hybrids having sex?
Or are you going to suggest that he gave two humanoids souls at the same time and that their children were forced to engage in sex with non-human animals, basically that God forced them into bestiality? Or that they only had sex with each other, that God forced them into incest?
If so, what would be the modern justification for bans on incest and bestiality since god clearly approved of it?