Evolution
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(10-30-2010, 04:48 PM)Cambrensis Wrote: It's perhaps worth pointing out that natural selection, as described by the evolutionists, is "random" only in the sense that it is blind -- there is no direction towards a particular goal.  If one accepts that evolution has occurred, it would appear that the process has (broadly speaking) involved a development from the simple to the complex -- in the case of humanity, increasingly large brains which eventually reached a point where they somehow gave rise to language, art, ethics etc. But because evolution only occurs in response to environmental pressures, this increasing complexity is solely because environmental pressures have so far favoured increasing complexity -- there's no teleological 'ascent' or 'progress' going on here. Ergo, there is no reason why -- should environmental pressures demand it -- evolution might not go into reverse, so to speak, as simpler, stupider life-forms find themselves flourishing in the new conditions. In theory, some of us could be destined to devolve into shambling hominids chipping flints!

The theistic evolutionist basically has to admit there's nothing *overtly* teleological.  However, one can certainly still insist (and not without good reason) the process *was* teleological even if it doesn't appear so: God knows all and moved nature to produce the creatures she has.  In fact, that is what probably most theistic evolutionists believe.  Some, who are confused, such as that biologist who wrote Finding Darwin's God claim that there was no teleology, and God basically had no way of knowing what would happen.  That that is clearly not compatible with not only Christianity but the simple classical requirement of God as omniscient doesn't seem to have occurred to this chap (whose name I forget).


Quote:However, a theistic evolutionist needn't suppose that God was obliged to intervene periodically to "nudge" evolution down the desired path, as the proponents of ID apparently believe. Such supernatural interventions would be quite unnecessary since the Almighty could have set up these physical processes to follow their predetermined course, with their end in view from the very beginning.  In other words, they only appear blind from our worm's-eye view.  To borrow the analogy from  Asimov's short story "Darwinian Pool Room":  How would someone with no knowledge of snooker explain how all these brightly coloured balls came to be in the pockets of the snooker table? The creationist is the man who naively assumes someone placed all the snooker balls individually in their pockets. The evolutionist is the smart fellow who subjects the balls to minute forensic analysis, scrutinizes the layout of the table and correctly deduces that they ended up in the pockets after an elaborate sequence of ricochets. The appearance of deliberate "placing" after the close of the game is just that -- an appearance.  The theistic evolutionist accepts the sequence of ricochets. He just believes it was initiated by someone wielding a snooker cue.

Ah, the Beautiful Machine: Nature simply pre-programmed, front-loaded as it were, to produce the Eye of God (us, mainly).  The Beautiful Machine is indeed beautiful: God has designed it so that it works *naturally*; it requires no (messy) intervention.  This is Fr. Stanley Jaki's Machine.

It's nice on paper, and it is what I believed for probably a decade or more.  The problem is that it doesn't fit the evidence as I described earlier.


Quote:What information does the Book of Genesis convey if read as poetic shorthand? That God brought the universe into being out of nothing. That He brought plants, animals and then man into being out of the raw stuff of matter. That He imparted an immortal spirit and rational intellect to the first man, who then fell from spiritual grace under the prompting of an evil spirit. None of of that seems to contradict the various theories of evolution from Darwin's day to our own.  The Bible doesn't specify whether God created man by an immediate act or through a gradual unfolding of physical processes. To reconcile the biblical account of man's formation from "the slime of the earth" with evolutionary theory, one merely presumes that the human form was not created immediately and directly from the earth.

I haven't posted these typical and basic reasonings of the theistic evolutionist here because I'd assumed the Creationists are familiar with them.  But it's good to have it here.  Thanks, and well-put.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT AN EVOLUTIONIST ANY MORE NOR ANY LESS THAN RICHARD NIXON WAS OR WAS NOT A CROOK.

P.S. You're a good writer.
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