Skip to comments.Monogamy May Have Evolved to Prevent Infanticide [or, maybe, GOD instituted it!]
Posted on 07/30/2013 5:48:37 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
... A new study comes to a startling conclusion: Among primates, including perhaps humans, monogamy evolved because it protected infants from being killed by rival males.
Living in pairs, what researchers call social monogamy, has repeatedly evolved among animals, although in widely varying proportions among different groups. Thus, about 90% of bird species are socially monogamous, probably because incubating eggs and feeding hatchlings is a full-time job that requires both parents. But in mammals, females carry the babies inside their bodies and are solely responsible for providing milk to young infantsand only about 5% of species are socially monogamous.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.sciencemag.org ...
monogamy and marriage developed to connect the father to the children
there will be witnesses that a baby came from a certain woman, but no witnesses that the father provided the seed for that baby unless he is married to the mother
it’s that simple
Just because it “evolved” doesn’t mean God didn’t create it.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.PROFESSING THEMSELVES TO BE WISE, THEY BECAME FOOLS. (Romans 1:21-22)
Life was hard and with no guarantee that there would be security or enough to eat for all.
Hunting, farming, fighting the elements, fighting wild animals, or fighting each other... men worked VERY hard just to keep everyone safe and fed.
WHY would a man want to struggle like that for children not his own?
According to the biblical account that WAS/IS “the Plan”.
But for centuries God “suffered” (allowed) polygamy - in the form of a man being able to have more than one wife (at a time).
Divorce for any cause was also “suffered” by God. Jesus said “because of the hardness of your hearts” - speaking of the people of Israel. Jesus went on to re-state the original plan and the NT goes on to uphold it without deviation.
Yet some men do, willingly. (just all the new ones better look like daddy!)
I dunno?... the ancient Jews had multiple wives.
I do not believe Polygamy is a viable idea in modern culture, I am not a fan of Mormons (the new monogamous ones or the old and born again polygamous ones)after reading about how they were formed.
but if you look at the old testament of the Bible:
In Exodus 21:10, a man can marry an infinite amount of women without any limits to how many he can marry.
In 2 Samuel 5:13; 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, 14:3, King David had six wives and numerous concubines.
In 1 Kings 11:3, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
In 2 Chronicles 11:21, King Solomon’s son Rehoboam had 18 wives and 60 concubines.
In Deuteronomy 21:15 “If a man has two wives, and he loves one but not the other, and both bear him sons....”
There are a lot more verses from the Old Testament that allow polygamy, but I think that the above are sufficient enough to prove my point.
You mean the article doesn’t mention God’s role? What kind of science is this?
And what of other monogamous species? Or are scientists only supposed to look at animals that engage in same sex rape, incest, and rape rape?
What about Polygamy in the Bible? Abraham, Isaac?, Jacob not to mention David, Solomon and many others.
I’m not promoting polygamy and would personally abhor it, but If we are going to say that God only endorses monogamy we have to look at biblical history.
The Old Testament, clearly illustrates examples of God condoning polygamy in the past.
Who knows what was done in prehistory, during ages or in cultures where resources were SO scarce that only ones own children were provided for?
I think societies worked that out case by case. I remember reading that some tribes regarded the widow of your brother as your own wife and HIS children would be YOUR responsibility as well as your own.
Even today in the Orthodox faith, godparents represent something more than an honorific status. I was and is STILL done with the expectation that, as in older times, godparents provide for the child in case parents are lost.
Will say just one thing ... Am an Uneasy Rider on this thread.
Whether people simply listened to scripture, or whether they had worked out that this was best, having codified it with rules for marriage made sense for a healthier population.
its a wonder King Solomon had any time to govern!!
All sorts of marriage taboos were worked out to avoid this. Also, I think that the 'raids' (to steal women) and fighting between tribes was a way to expand the gene pool... even though primitive people didn't comprehend DNA.
I practice Mahogany(doesnt that sound kinky).
I suppose if Wilt Chamberlain had time to play championship basketball, Solomon could govern.
Wilt the ‘stilt’ early in his career, after his first 100 women.
They may not have understood DNA, but they knew which would make desirable brides—provided, of course, they became assimilated. I think many American Indian tribes held captives as slaves for a time, and if they worked out, they could move up in status. If not, they stayed slaves, or...well, worms need to eat, too.
Kinda jives with the conclusion that the greatest danger to infants and toddlers is mommy’s boyfriend.