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To: CHRISTIAN DIARIST
A foundational Christian belief (indeed of all traditional Monotheists) is prominently expressed in the Apostles Creed, which begins:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

This affirmation of God as Creator is repeated in subsequent doctrinal formulations which are accepted by all Christian churches, such as the Nicene Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of all things visible and invisible.

It is the duty of anyone who claims to be a Christian to affirm the fundamental belief in God as Creator. Granted, the creative process is shrouded in mystery, and surely transcends human comprehension. However, whatever their belief in the development of species, Christians are bound to affirm God as Creator.

Those who claim to be both Christians and evolutionists might want to consider Francis Schaeffer's "Ghost in the Machine" analogy:

Suppose someone who is given to myths and superstitions insists that the clock in the tower above the town square is actually powered by ghostly figures. To which a rational person would respond: "Any sane person can see that the clock is operated by a nuts & bolts mechanism of gears and levers. You are free to believe it is due to some mystical 'power,' but it is quite certain that your superstition is utterly superfluous." I.e., the clock works perfectly well without an imagined "ghostly presence."

Likewise, Christian evolutionists may insist that some unseen Divine power lies behind the process of evolution, to which evolutionists respond: "The mechanisms of evolution are well-established and fully explicate the existence of the universe and all that is in it without resorting to some invisible mystical force."

The term "affirm" is important - and quite revealing: you who are so quick to defend the Infallibility of scientists and to "affirm" the theory of Evolution, are you also as ready to affirm the historic Christian belief in God as Creator?

21 posted on 10/28/2012 10:50:59 AM PDT by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454
One might also add the Prologue to the Book of Genesis:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...

It is no small matter for Christians to claim that this actually refers to an impersonal process of pure chance and mutation.

23 posted on 10/28/2012 10:57:31 AM PDT by tjd1454
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To: tjd1454
One might also add the Prologue to the Book of Genesis:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...

It is no small matter for Christians to claim that this actually refers to an impersonal process of pure chance and mutation.

24 posted on 10/28/2012 10:58:00 AM PDT by tjd1454
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