Evolutionary theory is supposed to be a complete theory of the origin of
As a purely scientific theory, there is not need to invoke a Creator.
Accordingly, there is no way anyone can make any sense of created or
in the image of God in the context of the theory. A Christian who
both Christ and evolution can reconcile the two in his/her mind but that
about it. It may take all sorts of intellectual contortions but one can
Moorad, let me take a stab at this from a different perspective.
Science is a "way" of looking at the world. It is empirically driven.
It likes to look at concrete evidence...things that can be weighed and
measured and analyzed. Religion is also a "way" of looking at the
world. But it is not empirically driven. Liken this, if you will, to
the fact that one can earn a BA in psychology or a BS in psychology.
The BA is going to deal with lots of study in areas much like
religion...feelings, beliefs, emotions, logic, and so on. Those classes
are very discussion oriented. The BS will deal with study in how to
measure feelings, emotions, and so on...blood pressure, sweat glands,
and so on. Those classes are very lab and statistics oriented. They
are not completely separated, but different enough to warrant different
kinds of degrees.
I wouldn't say that science has no need to invoke a Creator. It is
simply that science has no business even trying to study a Creator such
as our God. Because of the way God chooses to exist, he cannot be
weighed, measured, or analyzed in a scientific way. He can be studied
in an "arts" kind of way - through discussion and exploration of our
ideas. I have no problem with scientists not discussing God in relation
to evolution - it isn't their place. And it's a good thing, too.
Because if we try to start merging the arts and the sciences here, the
next thing you know we'll be requiring preachers to produce hair and DNA
samples to prove that God exists or that Jesus ever lived. I don't
think any of us want to go there. Lucy
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