When Roseanne spoke of her youth, being raised Catholic, and how sin weighed her down so, I was sad. I understand the Catholic church's idea of sin, but there are other views of sin. I watch Brian Swimme's DVD Journey of the Universe and think how the universe is 14 billion years old, and the idea of sin has only been around about 2,000 years. From a scientist's point of view, there is no sin - there are only emotions and behaviors and thoughts that evolved in our ancestors, helped them survive, and are now passed on to us. Now a Catholic might feel bad about his gluttony, but gluttony was a very useful desire and behavior back in the times when our ancestors had to make it through famines. A scientist might be thankful our ancestors evolved gluttony since gluttony probably helped our ancestors survive. Without gluttony, our ancestors might not have eaton enough to make it through times of famine, and we might not be here to enjoy Roseanne Cash. One might think that being a scientist might mean one must give up the idea of God, but that is not true. Kenneth Miller is a scientist and professor of biology at Brown University, and he writes how he believes in God and science in his book Finding Darwin's God.
Hopefully we will one day accept our selfish "sinful" ways as gifts from our ancestors which helped them survive - but hopefully we will also evolve to be more generous with each other and form communities as healthy and successful as the community of our cells.
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