Christian life, squid play, and survival of the friendliest


Promotional event for Squid Game in Shibuya on October 29, 2021, Cyced; creative commons.

There are at least two competing ideologies in the world today. It’s survival of the fittest and survival of the friendliest expressed in a rigorous and violent competition. Both appeared in The Theory of Evolution, the Netflix sensation, squid gameand in the Christian life.

we probably survival of the fittest Doctrines often associated with those of Charles Darwin species originIn fact, the term is origins Fiveth version.To be precise, Darwin actually liked “Fitter Survival” That’s because a species’ struggle for existence is not fixed, but related to its situation in a particular ecosystem. It is also worth noting that, according to John Hedley Brooke, Darwin argued that in addition to natural selection, it was important to consider cooperative predispositions and tendencies.[1] Evolution is not simply about dogs eating dogs or monkeys beating monkeys.

With this in mind, consider the work of Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods. most friendly survival.[2] Spiritual Leap with Friendliness and Cooperation homo sapiens Use cognitive tools for success. Hare and Woods call this process the “self-domestication theory.” However, good results can also lead to bad results. Our biological circuits can easily become entangled and go awry. The lesser angels of our humanity can move toward seeking control over what we perceive as threatening outsiders.

That said, other recent research argues that co-operation, collaboration, and creativity are better indicators of human prosperity than bitter competition between individual members and their tribes.Agustín Fuentes , characterized by the will to survive and reproduce, new research in anthropology, paleontology, biology, and other fields suggests that the distinctive traits of the human race are the imaginative and cooperative It claims to be an ability.[3]

squid game is about hundreds of debt-stricken people who agree to play a series of games to gain financial freedom. They soon realize that the game they are playing puts them all in mortal danger. Players on the brink of extinction team up to survive a rigorous physical and mental challenge.

Rigorous competition versus creative cooperation manifests itself in most, if not all, areas of life. The same is true of Christian existence. 1 Corinthians 1 reflects the disunity in the Corinthian church. There, believers were aligned with leading figures and personalities in hopes of proving themselves superior to others in the body of Christ.

Paul would never have had this way of thinking or living in the church. Rather, for Paul, God honors the weak and foolish, namely Jesus, who showed His power and wisdom on the cross. Those who boast should boast not of themselves or of their preferred Christian leader or super-apostle, but of Jesus (cf. 1 Corinthians 1). As my pastor friend Tom Schaab argues, we must descend to greatness. Such greatness never comes at the expense of others, but through creative collaboration with others.

What we see in Jesus is what we get from God. In addition to the claims of Nicholas of Cuza and Jonathan Edwards, the existence of the Divine Trinity involves reciprocity. It is necessary and fundamental to God’s unconditional love, which sustains and floods the world.[4] We imagine love when we love our neighbor as ourselves.

In addition to 1 Corinthians 1, Philippians 2 places great emphasis on God’s downward mobility and creative cooperation. Just as Jesus had no need to rest in his Father’s embrace and grasp his divinity, so he was encouraged by his union with Christ, comforted by His love, and secure in the communion of the Spirit. People who are consider other people to be superior to themselves.

Paul, Timothy, and Epaphroditus in Philippians 2 also follow. Such interrelationships and downward mobility involving the Father, Son, and Spirit provide the credibility we need to move beyond rigid competition to imaginative cooperation and co-operation within the Church and society at large. provide affection.

lines from squid gameYou don’t trust people because they are trustworthy. We do it because we have nothing else to rely on. ” In contrast, we trust God as fully manifested in Jesus. For he alone is worthy of our complete trust, leading us from tough competition, including survival of the fittest, to friendly cooperation and creative cooperation.


[1]John Hedley Brooke, “Ready to Help Each Other”: Evolution, Games, and God: Principles of Cooperation, ed. Martin A. Nowak and Sarah Coakley (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013), 37-59.

[2]Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods, Survival of the Friendliest: Understanding Our Origins and Rediscovering Our Common Humanity (New York: Penguin: ​​2020).

[3]Agustin Fuentes A Creative Spark: How the Imagination Made Humans Extraordinary (New York: Random House, 2017).

[4]For Nicholas, the doctrine of the Trinity is necessary for the reality of divine love that exists apart from the world.Nicholas of Kusa, see Cribratio Alkorani Nicolas de Pace Fidei of Cusa and Cribratio Arcolani,Trance. Jasper Hopkins (Minneapolis: Banning, 1994), 108. Jonathan Edwards, the nature of true virtueof ethical writing, ed. Paul Ramsay, The Works of Jonathan Edwards, vol. 8 (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1989), 557.

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