Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Darwin and God

Brown University has an extract from Kenneth Miller's Book Finding Darwin's God which makes interesting reading
Evolution is neither more nor less than the result of respecting the reality and consistency of the physical world over time. To fashion material beings with an independent physical existence, any Creator would have had to produce an independent material universe in which our evolution over time was a contingent possibility. A believer in the divine accepts that God's love and gift of freedom are genuine - so genuine that they include the power to choose evil and, if we wish, to freely send ourselves to Hell. Not all believers will accept the stark conditions of that bargain, but our freedom to act has to have a physical and biological basis. Evolution and its sister sciences of genetics and molecular biology provide that basis. In biological terms, evolution is the only way a Creator could have made us the creatures we are - free beings in a world of authentic and meaningful moral and spiritual choices


Blogger Xavier said...

Interesting take, but I've always thought that Theistic evolution was just a bit of a superfluous add on...

1 December 2004 at 10:28 PM  

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