Don’t believe me? Check out this ad taken from a Christian blog for a Christian dating service. Yeah, I’m guessing “chaste” is not one of the hopes held for this girl by Christian guys wanting to date her…
Cheap point aside, there’s actually a more fundamental point I’d like to make here. After all, dear visitor, you don’t come here merely to be entertained, but to be informed, right?
It’s well-known that for many Christians, evolution is a dirty word, with around half rejecting the theory in favor of creationism. Ever notice, however, that they in fact act in accordance with its principals, as our ad explicitly suggests? Traits like good looks, wealth, youth, or an ideal body are absent from lists of what makes a Godly mate, yet what do we see? Christians desiring and selecting mates with precisely those traits, for reasons explained only by evolution. But, Christians retort, the Bible doesn’t rule those qualities out either. True, yet according to the theology, they should play no role; it’s the inner qualities that matter – God-fearing, virtuous, trustworthy and trusting, faithful, humble, etc. – not the outwardly or “worldly” ones. Thus, we should see the attractive paired with the ugly, rich with poor, fit with fat, young with old, able with infirm – all in combinations wholly at odds with evolutionary psychology – because external appearances do not necessarily reflect the most esteemed personality traits. If creationism, not evolution, is true, such qualities should hardly be a factor in choosing a mate. Yet, they are. Christian creationists are virtually indistinguishable from outsiders in the qualities they actually choose in a spouse.
As far as I’m aware, no Christian creationist website has an explanation for why this is. Perhaps they’d say it’s all covered under “the Fall,” which has made everyone, including themselves, incline to behave according to evolutionary instincts—which instincts of course originated with Satan, along with the rest of evilu…er, evolution. My guess is that creationists don’t want to tangle with the conundrum of why God would make certain people more desirably endowed physically when he says all the important traits are the invisible ones. The cognitive dissonance for Muslim creationists must be especially acute. Here Allah creates the female physical form and then orders his followers to cover it all up.
Christian creationists, as in so much else, let’s see you practice what you preach!