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September 30, 2011
A few weeks ago, philosopher John Gray wrote about one of his colleagues who claimed to have trained his cat to be vegan. Gray immediately recognized how ridiculous this idea was. Cats are carnivores, and you can’t persuade a carnivore to go against its nature.
Why would someone imagine they could? Gray suggests his colleague sees other species as only less evolved versions of people and thus can develop any capacity humans have.
That’s a new twist on evolution. Usually, we want to force animal traits on humans. Now we’re forcing human traits on animals. But animals are not the same as people, and everyone knows it.
This is one thing atheistic evolution can’t explain: why we have the capacity to act against our natural instincts when animals don’t. As my friend Mike Miller says, animals may deny an appetite in order to survive, but never because they’re saving themselves for marriage. Moral freedom belongs to humans, not animals. For ThePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.
A Point of View: Behaving Like Animals
John Gray | BBC News Magazine | September 10, 2011