Re: "Randomness" in different branches of science

Wed, 25 Feb 98 09:18:33 CT

Moorad Alexanian wrote:
(23 Feb) "Can someone tell me what is the dynamical evolutionary
(24 Feb) "Theories in physics rely on mathematical models which give precise
answers to well-posed questions. The latter is all that one can expect from
a theory".

Having grown up in the conservative home of a pastor in a Holiness Evangelical
denomination, I did not find evolution and its potential implications too
appetizing. However, as someone who wanted to work in the natural sciences, I
was not (and still have not been) given a working replacement. My faith is not
negotiable, so I am still a Christian and STILL an evolutionist.

So what dynamical theory is there then for creationism in the form of a
mathematical model (or models) which gives "precise answers to well-posed
questions"? I would even settle for something far less rigorous, such as a
model that could explain, concur with, yea even make predictions concerning the
entire body of plainly observable biological/geological phenomena in the
natural world.

Perhaps I'm in a leaky boat, but it floats. Criticize my boat -- many
criticisms may be warranted and helpful -- but do not think I am going to
abandon it until the critics can actually come up with a material boat that
is not held together with the water-soluble glue of persistant, unnecessary
recourse to miraculous Divine intervention.


Jeff Witters

Emporia State University
Emporia, KS