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My RMPS(religious moral and philosophical studies) teacher proposed an interesting question about evolution and the afterlife today and it made me wonder if the afterlife fits in with evolution in any way ? iv tried to find some more information on this but I remain uncessesfull, anyone have ny options or links?
Maybe you can tell us what your teacher said? The theory of evolution focuses on passing genes down from one generation to the next. Death doesn't involve the passing of genes, so I'm not sure where evolution and the afterlife would intersect.
The Rosicrucian-based formulas I tend to lean on when it comes to reincarnation flow with Darwin's pronouncements in that the consciousness or soul-self has been and must be of 'ALL' things; we start of as the monad in other words and as we mature consciously and spiritually we likewise evolve from the lower forms of sentient to the higher.
AFTER LIFE is a strange concept that is relatively "new" when you look at what's been embraced most the world over for the longest time (Reincarnation). Having a Heaven or Hell and all such trappings started at around the same time as One God belief. Granted, there is the constant found in the older mythologies about the River Styx and journey through the underworld which actually does connect to reincarnation theory, the problem is that people fall in love with part of an idea and forget to complete their studies or else, censor the rest of a teaching which results in a theological & cultural evolution through which we journey the underworld to some kind of Nirvana or Utopian place. There is "a truth" to this but most of us do not understand it for what it is. The real irony is that the Book of Revelation in it's closing verses, gives us a more concise idea as to what these things mean -- Humankind as a whole, finding its perfection on the mental and spiritual level and making a heaven of earth a.k.a. restoring paradise. This is the actual promise most all prophetic traditions share, though each use different words and ideas for getting there. Nonetheless, this is the goal and it comes by way of evolution on the mental, physical, emotional, carnal and spiritual levels.
Huh? I did a google search for Darwin and Soul-self and got nada!
Op seems to be asking how the afterlife links to the theory of evolution. Whether souls evolve in some other way is not part of the question, if I understand OP correctly.
I think the ideas of evolution and afterlife are totally mutually exclusive, as evolution is about just physical life and afterlife means the eternal life of a spirit, which has nothing to do with biology.
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I agree, welcome to the forum!
Yes & No
While we perceive evolution as a physical thing it is very much a part of the spiritual, mental and emotional spheres we all move through; you could even argue that reincarnation itself is a form of evolution in that the soul, like our physical form, must progress -- we adapt and transmute based on what we learn and turn into habit, be it a course of thought & understanding or how to use tools & resources.
Where the connection seems to fail stems from the one-way ticket ideas promoted by the Abrahamic faiths and Zoaster traditions. They don't encourage progression but rather the idea of not questioning things and rocking the boat; a very conservative "be the sheep, not the shepherd" mentality. If we are looking at an After Life based on the rigid views found in these paths then there can't be a parallel . . . kind of makes you ponder how many Cro-magnon humans made it to heave or worse, if those 72 virgins our Islamic friends will be rewarded with in the after-life don't have ape-like features
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