Nudity and An Interesting Question…

I’m reading through Donald Miller‘s Searching For God Knows What right now, and I wanted to quote a brief passage in order to bring something to your attention, and also comment on what I think is a remarkable insight.

And I know you think I am being immature by bringing this up, but the thing is, Moses repeated this idea five times. In just one hundred words used to describe Paradise and the Fall, the main thing he said, again and again, was that they were naked.

I wondered why it was the when people talked about the fall of man, about the Garden of Eden, they never talked about how people went around naked. If you ask me, the most obvious thing that happened after the Fall was that people started wearing all kinds of clothes. Just go to the store and look around, and you will see people wearing clothes. Everywhere you go you see people wearing clothes. Even as I type these words I am wearing clothes. I mean, evolution may explain how we came from apes, but it does nothing to explain why we wear clothes.

Isn’t that an interesting thought? For years and years people have debated evolutionism v. creationism, and every combination of the two in between. But I had honestly never thought about the fact that, even if evolution is entirely true as it pertains to our genetic heritage from simians, it really does not explain how or why more genetically evolved beings would suddenly start covering parts of their bodies to hide them from others.

In my opinion, this is as good an argument as any that I’ve ever heard for the truth of the Biblical account of creation. If you were a die-hard evolutionist or atheist you’d really have a hard time answering the question of why people suddenly started wearing clothes without getting at least a little bit metaphysical. Because it’s not just a question of survival. Birds and other animals migrate vast distances when the area they’re in becomes inhospitable. They don’t make winter coats to stay warm, and they certainly don’t make clothes to cover their genitals even when the climate is comfortable…

Peace.

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Posted on July 31, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. That is an interesting question and one I haven’t thought much about (but I’ll comment on it anyway). :>)

    It seems to me that the evolutionist could just say we started wearing clothes to keep warm. They might say we evolved less and less fur during a hot spell in the world’s history and then started wearing clothes when an Ice Age hit. Heck, maybe that’s why the dinosaurs didn’t make it – they couldn’t make clothes for themselves.

    From there, all the evolutionist has to do is explain that we “made up” religion to explain things we didn’t understand… and from there we attributed clothes to a divine command (because by then we couldn’t remember the hot spell and Ice Age). That divine command is the reason we’ve for the most part since then not revealed certain “sacred” parts of our bodies. That’s how we ended up where we are today.

    I’m a Christian, so I know better… but it doesn’t seem like that difficult of a problem for evolutionist anyway. Acting like it is only seems to weaken our credibility. In other words, it’s an interesting thought experiment, but let’s not assume it’s a sound argument.

    Just sayin’… I’m definitely open to thoughts on this.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

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    • Marshall – Sorry it’s taken me this long to respond. I’m finally getting caught up on this kind of thing.

      I understand what you’re saying as far as whether or not this is a totally sound argument all on its own. It’s not. But it’s a better argument than I think you’re giving it credit for.

      For starters, I totally disagree with the idea that evolution could possibly lead us to start making clothes. Why would evolution work one way for every other species on the planet for millions and millions of years (assuming a belief in evolution, mind you), and then start working entirely differently for humans? It doesn’t make much sense. Also, if it was just a matter of staying warm during an Ice Age, then why did humans continue to wear clothes when the earth warmed back up? For that matter, why do we continue to wear clothes today during one of the hottest summers on record?

      Second, if you look closer at Genesis 3, you’ll see that it wasn’t a divine command (even an imagined one) that caused Adam and Eve to cover themselves. It was a response of shame, a response to the realization that their relationship with God had been broken, and that they were exposed.

      The crux of this argument is that, apart from God, we lost the sense of security that we had when our relationship with God wasn’t broken. Apart from God we feel exposed, are self-aware in a way that we weren’t before the Fall, and feel, from somewhere very deep inside of us, like we have to cover ourselves in order to hide our shame.

      As I said, I realize that this isn’t a rock-solid argument in and of itself, but when you really think about it, I think it’s a darn good one.

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  2. So a couple points…

    1. You said, “Why would evolution work one way for every other species on the planet for millions and millions of years (assuming a belief in evolution, mind you), and then start working entirely differently for humans?”

    I think the evolutionist could counter, “Why did humans evolve the ability to make tools, like power drills, and all the other species didn’t? Answer: because humans evolved more intelligence. Instead of traveling, like the birds, we made clothes.” That’s seems like a sound explanation for how it started.

    2. I’m not necessarily saying that God commanded us to wear clothes (though that’s an excellent distinction you brought up… He didn’t originally). I’m just saying that the evolutionist could use religion (Christianity or otherwise) and culture norms to justify why humans continue to wear clothes even when they no longer need them. At this point, it’s like asking why we style our hair. We don’t need to… we just do it as a cultural tradition.

    Overall, I totally agree with the second to last paragraph in your comment. That is how it started and part of why we continue to wear clothes. But I still think the evolutionist can explain it all without God, even if it’s not the truth. So again, it seems like we’re bringing up an issue that adds nothing to the overall argument for creationism.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.

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