We’ve come full circle and then some since the days of the Israelites. God warned Jeremiah (Jer. 2:27) concerning those
who say to a tree, “You are my father,”
and to a stone, “You gave me birth.”
The error is obvious. These idol worshipers were ascribing great power and personal intentionality to inanimate objects that possessed neither.
We’re much wiser now. Or are we? I wonder about those
who say to random variation, “You are our father,”
and to natural selection, “You gave us birth.”
We’re back to ascribing great power to inanimate processes — which lack even the intentionality that idols were imagined to have.
Why is the error not equally obvious?