It’s telling that one kind of evolution always seems to be missing from these “theories” about the evolutionary origins of religion.
I can hardly resist the temptation to say “I told you so,” or to jokingly remark, “Oops, they did it again.”
The rejoinder to this way of thinking, which Jay Richards expresses with wonderful concision, is that humans possess a unique capacity forever setting us apart from machines.
This finding fits Michael Behe’s book Darwin Devolves perfectly. It’s easier to throw cargo overboard than to create it.
It was interesting to see fellow University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne casually shoehorn Thornton into a Washington Post review of Darwin Devolves.