Skip to comments.The total bankruptcy of so-called theistic evolution
Posted on 12/21/2018 10:41:20 AM PST by spirited irish
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That is why I, with backgrounds in both biology and theology, have never been more than passingly interested in ID (just as I am not particularly interested in Evolution).
Right, well said.
I would further suggest: the "natural realm" is in fact far more miraculous than "science" writ-large understands or wants to admit.
Sure, science discovers some principles or theories which seem to predict this or that, but why?
What (or Who?) created the theory, and what created that?
Ancient philosophers realized where such reasoning lead but modern science is built on the first principle of only natural explanations need apply for work here.
Well, a child can see that only natural explanations don't explain everything, so many years of atheistic training are needed to disabuse such ideas...
This article proclaims theistic evolution "bankrupt", but reality is still what Isaac Newton observed, circa 1726:
Some people devote themselves to denying a distinction between your "philosophical naturalism" and the basic scientific assumption of "methodological naturalism".
But the enterprise of natural science does not itself deny the existence or influence of God, only posits that science cannot study such matters.
Natural science happily leaves the inquiry to other disciplines, especially theology and philosophy.
The natural science of our Founding Fathers and the Age of Enlightenment was built on the assumption of virtuous inquiry into nature as "the mind of God".
Only generations later did some people begin pretending there was no "Mind" to discover, just... well... random, nothing.
Because it's not intended to.
Your argument here is like criticizing a saw because it's not a hammer.
Do not confuse a theory of evolution with a theory of "everything".
Your argument here is like criticizing a saw because it’s not a hammer.
Or like saying we didn’t give up after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
Tell that to Lawrence Krauss.
Obama supporter & friend to Richard Dawkins plus the late Christopher Hitchens, Krauss is an atheist, or "philosophical naturalist" in scientific terms.
When people like Krauss tell us there is no God, that's their religious belief, not science.
I also note that Krauss is a string-theory skeptic, meaning he admits there's no physical evidence to support such ideas.
The materialist theories that people like Krauss support are just as fraught with difficulties as the theistic theories.
Yes, Krauss has created a sort of religion because he has faith without proof that the universe consists only of matter and energy.
This notion that people have that science and religion can somehow be separated into their respective areas of expertise is bogus. Scientific atheists certainly don't buy it. They are trying to develop a Theory of Everything, not a Theory of Everything Material. And religious folks realize that the pursuit of science depends entirely on ethical decisions that can only be justified by philosophical claims that tend to lead toward a belief in the supernatural.
Sorry, I was never good at code-breaking.
who_would_fardels_bear: "My claim is that all attempts to explain how we are here have issues which we puny humans have not yet fully worked out."
Right, note my posts #22 & #23 above.
who_would_fardels_bear: "This notion that people have that science and religion can somehow be separated into their respective areas of expertise is bogus.
Scientific atheists certainly don't buy it. "
Atheists simply deny there is a supernatural realm.
My opinion is that overlooks a huge portion of what we call the "natural realm".
who_would_fardels_bear: "They are trying to develop a Theory of Everything, not a Theory of Everything Material. "
Of course, if you are an atheist those are the same thing.
who_would_fardels_bear: "And religious folks realize that the pursuit of science depends entirely on ethical decisions that can only be justified by philosophical claims that tend to lead toward a belief in the supernatural."
Agreed, but I'd grow further and admit there's a lot more of the supernatural in what we often think of as "natural realm".
The author states, “they push God into the distant and undetectable cosmic background so that the universe only looks random (but isnt).”
Quite to the contrary, theistic evolution begins with the observation that the universe in no way looks at all random, and directly rebuts the mental sleight-of-hand of Stephen Hawkin’s infinite universes, required to sustain the “infinite number of monkeys would type Shakespeare” analogy.
Rather, Rossiter substitutes deistic evolution for anything resembling Christian theistic evolution, almost certainly relying on his folliowers’ acceptance of the notion that if it’s evolution, it isn’t Christian to obscure the switch.
Given that this intellectual deceit is the basis of his book, I can’t imagine the book having anything useful to contribute to any conversation, other than inspiring his readers to cover their ears.
Incidentally, deistic evolution (”the grand clockmaker”) is refuted wholly simply by quantum physics, which renders determinism impossible;
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