Can Elephants Worship? This Science Channel Documentary – and Morgan Freeman! – Made Me Rethink “All of Creation.”

Fifty years ago, Christian philosopher and apologist Alvin Plantinga sparked a renewed vigor in theistic philosophy by pointing out how we believe other people are not just bodies, but minds – we treat them like they think and feel, but cannot prove they are separate from us. Take this thought and look at Genesis 1: the birds and fish and animals are all commissioned to fill the Earth, just as man and woman are made. Hmmmmmm…enter Josh Plotnik, an animal psychologist, and his several-thousand-pound patients. According to Josh’s research, it’s not only humans that can see others and discern their own place in the world; elephants can, too. Can elephants worship? Maybe…but what it does seem to suggest is that God isn’t so far off after all.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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