What is a creationist to do with Primal’s evolutionary basis?

When I first heard of the primal lifestyle and began to consider it, I will freely confess that there were a few stumbling blocks. One of the biggies was evolution. You see, I am a Christian and a fairly hardcore creationist.

Questions arose: How can a Christian be primal? Doesn’t it take God out of the picture by basing itself on evolution?

For anyone with a naturalistic worldview, the above questions probably seem like fundamentalist drivel. In fact, you may be thinking that I’m about to slip into a rant about the evils of evolution.

Well, I’m not.

This is not to say that I agree with the naturalistic interpretation of the available data. I disagree with the interpretation. Still, the data are the data.

Data versus interpretation: adaptation by genetic variation

Too often the data are taken as the key issue. Some foolish creationists deny adaptation by genetic variation, even as they purchase one of hundreds of varieties of apple from the local farmer’s market and then go home and play with their genetically adapted canine. It is sheer silliness to deny adaptation by genetic variation: the evidence is obvious.

The question is not one of data, but one of context and interpretation. Here’s the deal: if God is real and he is creator, then we cannot understand his creation apart from understanding him. In other words, to interpret the data from a naturalistic perspective eliminates the foundational piece of data: the Creator.

How then should we interpret the data as Christians who are creationists? Here’s a quote from a bit I wrote last year:

God created the initial types and kinds of living things (Gen 1) and the continuing processes of adaptation by genetic variation. I hold that these continuing processes occur within type and kind, rather than between type and kind.

Adaptation as God’s Gift for Human Thriving

Over the centuries of human existence, our species has adapted to the changing environment. This adaptation has to do with human thriving, not merely with human survival. Humans make volitional choices to care for themselves and for those in their family or village. We are not subject to the impersonal forces of nature; we have some control.

We can exercise this control in the decision to work with the way things work (for example, by following a primal lifestyle) or to do what we wish despite how things work (for example, the standard American diet). Our decisions have consequences for our health. If we strive to live according to our divine design and subsequent adaptation, we will be healthier, more God-glorifying persons. If we strive to do as we wish and do not live according to our divine design and subsequent adaptation, we will be increasingly unhealthy and less God-glorifying than we ought to be.

Glorifying God by Living Primal

There are a couple of ways that living primal can glorify God. First, living primal glorifies God by caring for his creation: our bodies. God is pleased when we care for our physical health and the physical health of our loved ones and neighbors.

Second, living primal glorifies God by recognizing him as Lord of the material and immaterial world. If God designed humanity with processes inherent in adaptation by genetic variation, eating and moving according to those processes is part of living according to the will of our Creator.

About Laura

My name is Laura and I am on a journey, pondering the implications of God's glorious design of humanity and integrating every aspects of this design into a description of whole life health.
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3 Responses to What is a creationist to do with Primal’s evolutionary basis?

  1. PrimalGuy says:

    I am primal and a creationist. I find this to be completely without contradiction. I guess to sum up my reasoning you can say that God created man and all the food man needed to thrive and be healthy. The Primal Blueprint emphasizes choosing whole foods that are naturally available over processed foods that are not naturally available. God created all these foods for man.

    The same scientist that believe in evolution also believe that vegetable oil is healthier than animal fats and has been preaching that for the last 60 years. I know that there are dissenting views in the scientific community, but the majority are still “healthy whole grains” and unsaturated fats are the key to being healthy and maintaining a healthy weight, something all Primal/Paleo folks reject.

  2. Laura says:

    Paradigms are such pesky things to shift: until the dissonance reaches an unbearable level. The CW paradigm and the materialist paradigm will remain steadfast until the holders cannot take it anymore. It is interesting that, as you note, they are somewhat connected. All we can do is keep shining light and try to keep the heat to a minimum.

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