By Luke Lancaster
Naturalistic evolutionary science will attempt to say that man is nothing but a clump of cells, without hope for life after death. This contradicts what Christianity and many other religions teach, that man has a spiritual nature to him. Man has something that is immaterial about him, something that God has imprinted on his being. He has an eternal soul, and that is what we will be discussing today.
Christians are free to believe in evolution according to Pope Pius XII in his 1950 AD encyclical Humani Generis. However, we have to acknowledge that God infused an immortal soul, a transcendental aspect to him. However, when did that happen? It would have to be when God created Adam and Eve, and that probably was about 70,000 years ago.
The species Homo Sapiens Sapiens probably was infused by God a soul because of the evidence from scholars Noam Chomsky and Robert Berwick's book, "Why Only Us." This MIT published work points out that there was an explosion of communication 70,000 years ago. The brains of humans, according to Chomsky and Berwick, become layered and layered, with a radical and complex rewiring.
Humans can suddenly grasp basic syntactical references. They recognize the difference between, say, a subject and an object. The meaning of the parts of speech, such as that there is a difference between a dog (subject) biting a man (object), and a man (subject) biting a dog (object).
According to Chomsky, no primate can do such a thing. Primates recognize no difference between basic syntactical references, they think that dog biting man and man biting dog are the same thing. They do not have the "universal grammar" that humans have begun demonstrating 70,000 years ago.
This "universal grammar" is the beginning of the soul. Man begins to image God in his intellectual reasoning capabilities, and is totally distinct from all other creatures. Special thanks to Chomsky and Berwick to increasing our faith!