Evolutionists have long tried to explain the evolution of marriage. From where did marriage come from, in the absence of the Bible, has been a topic for many theories and wild suppositions. One of those wild suppositions claims that marriage is a result of gossip and blackmail.
Researchers from North Dakota State University and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research used mathematics to help them come up with their odd conclusion.
According to the researchers, the evolutionary survival pressures would tend to favor promiscuity over keeping a monogamous relationship. The more an individual can spread their genes in the population, the more successful they are.
They admitted that a monogamous marriage is better for the successful of raising children and increasing their chances of survival.
The researchers placed mathematical values on every aspects of these relationships. They considered idea that marriage goes back millions of years in human history and that there has to be some sort of social policing or mate guarding to maintain monogamous relationships.
In that sense, they believe that both men and women monitor each other’s actions and if caught cheating, will often retaliate against them. However, when they calculated their mathematical values, they determined that mate guarding was not strong enough to enforce monogamous marriages and that there had to be some other factor that contributed to the formula.
They turned their attention to social policing which quite often involves a gossip factor. Gossip can be a powerful social influence and the result of it could very likely lead to one party blackmailing another. When they gave gossip and blackmail a mathematical value, the equation seemed to calculate quite nicely. The researchers concluded that their mathematical model:
Indicates that obligate monogamy is made possible by blackmailing.
We therefore argue that during the evolution of mating systems, which is considered as a main driving force for the evolution of [the] human social system, monogamy was maintained by social policing with opportunistic blackmailing.
It can be speculated that after the advent of a formal judiciary system, the private justice of blackmailing could have been perceived as a threat to the formal judiciary system and therefore considered bad and illegal. However, formal police and judiciary systems could never replace social policing through gossiping and opportunistic blackmailing both of which are prevalent in modern societies too.
My first question in reading the report had to do with the mathematical values they assigned to everything. How did they determine what aspect or behavior received what value and what kind of model did they put all of the questionable figures into?
The entire study was nothing more than hypothetical speculation that revealed the presuppositional biases of the researchers. The first obvious bias is their unbelief in the Bible and what it says about marriage.
Genesis tells us that God created man and woman and the first marriage between them. In Mark 10: 6-9 Jesus referred to the first marriage when He said:
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.
No hypothetical speculation or suppositions or mathematical models. When the Creator of the universe said that marriage originated with Adam and Eve and that God joined them together, should settle the matter of the origin of marriage once and for all.
Was blackmail essential for marriage to evolve? World Science, Dec. 2, 2011.
Psalm 127 says that God gives us children as a reward, not just because He loves us and we want them for ourselves, but because He is equipping us to do what He has called us to do as His warriors: build and guard. Build the house of God and guard the city that has foundations in the very midst of His enemies. This psalm tells us, so beautifully, how that will happen: by filling the earth with offspring—children—who have been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and who themselves have caught the vision to reestablish the righteous rule of God on the earth. They will in turn produce offspring who have the vision as well, and on and on until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
The picture the psalmist uses is that children are “like arrows in the hand of a warrior.” What does this mean? It means that our children are the primary weapons God has given us to do what He has asked us to do—to build and to guard. But they obviously are not ready for that task when they come out of the womb. In other words, if we are to build and guard successfully in the world, we must first build and guard in the lives of our children! Hence the task of parenting; we are preparing our weapons of war for battle! We have been given 20 or so years to accomplish the task of extending our influence for the kingdom of God into the next generation.
So, successful parenting is ultimately not to make us, as parents, look good to the other families in our church, to make life easier for us, or even to prepare our children to grow up and be successful. No, children are ultimately for God and His purpose of extending his righteous rule over the whole earth as His Son Jesus Christ becomes in experience what He is in fact—King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
The Family, God’s Weapon for Victory is an encyclopedia of information about how to move your family toward being what the title declares, including a theology of family, the husband-wife relationship and training children from birth to marriage. Filled with illustrations from the author’s own life, including his myriad failures, the book is a fascinating read.
“When I read The Family: God’s Weapon for Victory, I laughed, I cried, I rejoiced, I repented. It moved me again and again to pray for my children. I read parts aloud to my wife. I committed myself to going through it again, slowly, savoring and studying it with care, applying its lessons to my family. And I determined that the way I serve my family and the goals I have for my children in God’s Kingdom must change. If transforming lives is Robert Andrews’ aim, this book is an arrow that hits the bulls-eye!” —E. Calvin Beisner (Knox Theological Seminary)
“This book is a bit like Narnia’s Aslan—it is not safe, but it is good. Be prepared to have your tender toes stepped on and your cherished assumptions challenged. This is not just another book on the family. Instead, it is a book of profound Biblical truths and straight forward practical counsel. This book will prove to be of immeasurable help to families in these difficult days in which we live. I highly recommend it.” —George Grant (Author)