Can Animals Think and Use Logic?

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As a follow-up to my previous blog, “The Missing Link,” I am posting an article by John Clayton, my favorite apologist. You can find his website with much more information by clicking here or on Does God Exist? in my blogroll.

One mistake that many people make is to assume that thinking, logic, problem solving, and reasoning are unique to man. When the Bible describes man’s uniqueness, it always is centered around spiritual characteristics and creativity–not around intelligence, thinking, tool use, and logic. It is important to understand that seeing an animal do something that is intelligent or requires logic does not mean that the animal is a human or is equal to a human in any way. On February 23, 2007 a report was released about researchers in Senegal who have observed chimpanzees making weapons for hunting. In the April 2007 issue of Scientific American (page 64) there is a detailed article on ravens using logic to solve problems, and the article says that the raven’s “abilities approach or even surpass those of the great apes.” If you read the material and look at the evidence there is little doubt that animals think, solve problems, make tools, use logic, and have a social structure. These are not the things that make humans unique. Man’s spiritual characteristics are what make man special, and these are a reflection of our unique creation in the image of God.

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5 responses to “Can Animals Think and Use Logic?

  1. there is actually evidence of logic being used by creatures in the Bible. for instance, Balaam’s donkey asks Balaam, “Why are you beating me.” the donkey understood there was an angel in the path weilding a sword. the donkey put two and two together, big sword=danger, and thus refuses to go any further.

    sure, to some this might be an old wives’ tale, but even if this isnt a true story, it is most likely based upon a similar situation where a donkey refused to go down a dangerous path and saved his master.

    dogs do that all the time. they will somehow “sniff” danger and lead their masters away.

    this certainly implies at least a foundation of cognitive logic.

    peter

  2. Good article…good stuff. I really liked your “Missing Link” post, by the way. Thanks for the comment on my post, and yes, you most definitely can use it for whatever you want. :o)

  3. Jared Novak

    I think that you are right. Animals do know stuff like that. Have you read the article abou that on csmonitor.com? It’s really good. Here’s the link to it so you can read it.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0329/p17s01-stss.html?page=1

  4. slamina evas

    You state, ” Man’s spiritual characteristics are what make man special, and these are a reflection of our unique creation in the image of God.” Please advise how you were able to know what God looks like?

  5. dwhitsett

    A better person to ask would be John Clayton, the author of the section you refer to. “When the Bible describes man’s uniqueness, it always is centered around spiritual characteristics…” I would suggest a visit to his website (link in my introduction) However, we know from His revelation that Yahweh is an unseen spirit, not flesh and blood. Only in this form can he inhabit all creation at once. Man has characteristics in common with his creator but those are not fleshly characteristics.
    What is God like? Christians believe that Jesus is the incarnation of God and to see him is to see the Father. If you are truly interested, please contact me and I will send you the scripture references that teach this.

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