In a message dated 4/21/01 10:47:32 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Nonetheless, these thoughts give no reason to suppose that a
designer's work is finished on Earth. Why would one expect that
no additional species, families or phyla are slated for future
creation? How do we know there are no further designs waiting to
be applied? >>
We don't know. But I do not expect any.
Let me use an analogy. My wife used to have a tomato garden. Early in March
she planted tomato seeds in her little pots, and when the little plants grew
to the right size and the weather moderated, she planted them out side. They
grew, and in July and August they bore fruit. She never planted tomato seeds
I do not expect additional great new designs now or in the future because I
believe we are in the August, so to speak, of earth's biota. Designs were
"planted" early, and now they are bearing fruit; it is in the "bearing fruit"
season that natural selection is most effective in producing the great
variety in organic life, built on the original designs.
I do not necessarily hold the making of the original designs was done wholly
in a miraculous fashion, without any use of natural processes. I just don't
think natural selection was one of them.
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