Unnecessary Beauty

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“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:7-10

Darwin’s theory of Evolution of Species is full of gaping holes. Let’s examine one of these holes.

Nature is all about survival of the fittest. Species evolve to get ahead in the race for survival. So, why should there be birds and flowers of such spectacular beauty. Does their loveliness serve any purpose or aid in their survival? Certainly not – in case of the birds, or the flowers (bees have no eyes like humans) or the fishes (that lack vision) – they would thrive even if they were as plain as caterpillars or earthworms. The peacock’s beautifully splendid, but heavy tail, in fact poses a distinct disadvantage for its survival – reducing its speed and mobility; and increasing its susceptibility to predation.

What purpose does beauty serve? In Darwin’s scheme of things, beauty is unnecessary. Yet they do serve a much higher purpose. As the Catholic catechism points out,

“Even before revealing himself to man in words of truth, God reveals himself to him through the universal language of creation, the work of his Word, of his wisdom: the order and harmony of the cosmos-which both the child and the scientist discover-“from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator,” “for the author of beauty created them.” (No 2500)

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth…  all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 ESV) and “for His pleasure they were created (Revelation 4:11).

And we were created to nurture and enjoy these things; remembering His care and loving kindness towards us. It is because we have been created in God’s image, that we also delight to create beauty in our surroundings.

Beauty and our love of it serve no evolutionary purpose.

“Heavenly Father, we thank You for the beauty of creation. How wonderful are Your works, O God. Each morning we awaken to the splendour of Your handiwork – the songs of birds and the loveliness of flowers. Thank you for beauty and music; may all these things draw us to You and not away from You.”

References:

http://www.0095.info/en/index_thesesen_95onesentencethesesagainste_unnecessarybeauty.html

http://www.discovery.org/a/3708

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