Re: Trees and Creation

George Murphy (
Mon, 09 Aug 1999 12:21:20 -0400 wrote:
> On July 27 George Murphy wrote:
> >"Only God can make a tree" may be cute poetry but it's lousy theology.
> Here is the complete poem:
> I think that I shall never see
> A poem lovely as a tree.
> A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
> Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
> A tree that looks at God all day,
> And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
> A tree that may in Summer wear
> A nest of robins in her hair;
> Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
> Who intimately lives with rain.
> Poems are made by fools like me,
> But only God can make a tree.
> Joyce Kilmer
> It is obvious that Kilmer is referring to trees that he had experienced,
> not trees in the Garden of Eden. He understood that these trees were made
> through natural ontogenetic processes, but he also recognized them as being
> creations of God. Christians routinely view ontogenetic origins in this
> way. So why is it such a difficult logical extension for them to view
> organisms made through natural _phylogenetic_ processes as also being
> creations of God? God still did it, one way or another. Seen in this way,
> Kilmer's phrase is very good theology--even for theistic evolutionists.

I plead guilty to taking the line out of context to express what seems to be the
view of some proponents of IC, progressive creation &c - that while God may do many
other things through natural processes, the creation of life had to have been done
by direct & unmediated divine action.

George L. Murphy