In my other two posts I mentioned the Religious and Materialist view. But to be completed I had to mention the view called Life-force philosophy or Creative Evolution or Emergent Evolution. People who hold this view say that the small variations by which life on this planet ‘evolved’ from the lowest forms of Man were not due to chance but by the ‘striving ‘ or ‘possessiveness’ of a Life force. When people say this we must ask them whether by life-force they mean something with a mind or not. if they do, then ‘ a mind bringing life into existence and leading it to perfection’ is really a God, and their view is really identical with the Religious. If they do not, then what is the sense in saying that something without a mind ‘strives’ or has ‘purpose’? This seems to me fatal to their view.
One reason why people find creative evolution so attractive is that it gives them much of the emotional comfort of believing in God and none and of the less pleasant consequences. When you are feeling fit and the sun is shining and you do not want to believe that the whole universe is just mechanical dance of atoms.