This book is written, based on the unproved assertion that the Human Genome is athe product of evolution and that therefore evolutionary biology is the cause and determinant of human behavior, culture and religion. This crossover of biology to human behavior is scientifically invalid and even forbidden by sound scientific method. A physical science, for instance, like Quantum Mechanics, cannot explain life, and a biological science cannot explain that which is distinctly human in Homo Sapiens.
There is no empirical evidence that human reason and behavior, much less religion, is the work of evolutionary biology. Religion is a cosmological question, and arises from the reponse of the human intellect to the Cosmos, with its immensity, awesomeness and amazing complexity.
I offer three premises, based on the study of the human embryo, and not on the biological life of non-human mammalian species, demonstrating that the present state of evolutionary science regarding human behavior and religion is pre-mature, untenable and erroneous. This book, by eminent evolutinary scientists, instead of dealing with the specifities of human embryonic life, deals only with biological generalities having nothing to do with the biology of Homo Sapiens. The principles are falsle, the scientific method outdated and the conclusions repeat with unrelenting regularity that Homo Sapiens is an evolutionary automaton. This work is a piece of evolutionary fiction based, not on Darwin's major work, "The Origin of Species", but on his fears and horror at the conclusions he had come to in "The Descent of Man".
My three premises are these: 1) A human person is the terminus ad quem of human conception and the terminus a quo from which all human embryonic life develops. 2) Human gestation is a human subject in a state of somatic organizational and developmental repose, with an integrating principle distinct and separate from the body of the mother. 3) The integrating principle of human embryonic life is a human person in the unfolding of its innate human potential, gradually experiencing, expressing and revealing its uniquely human powers.
In the light of these premises, which can be demonstrated from the specifics of human embryonic life, the assertions in this book that human behavior, reason, ethics and religion are the products of the evolutionary powers of non-human mammalian species are rendered obsolete.
Father Clifford Stevens
Boys Town, Nebraska