February 17, 2009

Morality and Monkeys

Posted in Answering Apologists, Atheism tagged , , at 1:24 pm by Andrew

At some point in the near future, I intend to discuss the popular (but in my view, wildly misguided) Argument from Morality as Christian apologetics.

To tide you over until then, I offer this charming account of moral development in monkeys. Frans de Waal is probably the foremost authority on primate studies in the world today.

EDIT: PZ Myers has, of course, weighed in on the article.

SECOND EDIT: In his wonderfully eloquent blog post on Darwin, official Friend of Science Roger Ebert gives us a beautiful, zen-like response to the age-old creationist canard, “if we evolved from monkeys, how come there are still monkeys?”

Ebert: Monkeys are much better at being monkeys than we would be.




  1. monado said,

    My response about “Why are there still monkeys?” is, “I don’t know. Did your uncle die when you were born?”

  2. Andrew said,

    That’s a good one. Personally, I’ve always been fond of, “If Protestants evolved from Catholics, why are there still Catholics?”

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