Re: "Randomness" in different branches of science

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@UNCWIL.EDU)
Wed, 25 Feb 1998 12:40:01 -0500 (EST)

At 09:18 AM 2/25/98 CT, jeff witters wrote:
>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.

Dear Jeff,

I have often said that it is not self-evident to me that the question of
origins is an obvious scientific question. If not, then the Bible may
provide an answer to it. However, the answer is not a scientific answer and
so is not "a working replacement" to evolutionary theory.

>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.

Biblical answers are not scientific. The creation act of God cannot be
described by human thoughts or inventions.

>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

I believe the questions answered by Scripture are orders of magnitude more
important than any purely scientific questions that man has answered.

Take care,