Re: Evolution and the Image of god

From: george murphy (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 12:50:03 EDT

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    Moorad Alexanian wrote:

    > I believe God can create as He pleases. I suppose that would also mean that
    > God is in total control of the weather. People who say that God would not
    > deceive us, for instance, with a young earth---which I do not believe
    > in--would have to address the issue of why God is attempting to deceive us
    > when it comes to the weather and evolution.

            I don't understand this at all. Who says that God is "attempting to
    deceive us" about weather or evolution?

    > Scientists believe that long
    > weather predication is impossible since one is dealing with deterministic
    > chaos. It is for this reason that when it comes to studying the past I opt
    > out since we really do not know how to handle that except by good forensic
    > type scientific reasrarch.

            We can't expect to know the precise position and velocity of a given
    star in our galaxy 5 x 10^9 years ago, but it's reasonable to think that
    astrophysicists will be able to gain a pretty good understanding of what the
    galaxy as a whole was like then. The situation is similar with biological
    evolution. We may be able to learn what the general condition of hominids was
    10^6 years ago even though we can't learn what a specific one of my ancestors
    10^6 years ago today had for breakfast. Nobody expects or indeed wants detail of
    that sort.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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