Re: God acting in creation #4+

Date: Thu Dec 13 2001 - 08:34:03 EST

  • Next message: Howard J. Van Till: "Re: God acting in creation #4+"

    In a message dated 12/12/01 9:38:59 AM, writes:

    << Suppose that in an earlier epoch H2O molecules had the abilities to form
    only the solid and vapor configurations; they did not have the formational
    capability to form liquid water. Then, in the spirit of your proposal, God
    at some instant chooses to give H2O the additional formational capability to
    form the liquid state. I am saying that such an addition of a new
    formational capability necessarily entails a substantial change in the
    structure and/or the interactive properties of H2O molecules, which in turn
    entails some substantial change in what you are referring to as the "laws of
    nature." Such a change could not, however, be confined to the properties or
    interactive capabilities of H2O alone. The character of the entire universe
    would be modified.

    All formational capabilities of material configurations are intimately
    interrelated with the character of the entire universe. A new formational
    capability cannot simply be added without modifying the character of the
    whole system.

    Howard Van Till>>

    Sorry, Howard, but I do not feel obliged to respond to your example, since it
    has nothing to do with my view of how God acted. Your example is not in the
    spirit of my proposal, notwithstanding your saying so. I know you are using
    it just as an example to simplify and illustrate the point of your question.
    It's not that I don't get your question, I just don't accept your conclusion,
    namely that "The character of the entire universe would be modified" if new
    formational capabilities to form a living cell were added to prebiotic
    creation. The course of the stars would not be changed, galaxies would
    continue to form, the physical constants would remain constant.

     Since you raised the question, and apparently see something I don't see, let
    me ask you to explain further why and how you think physical or chemical
    laws throughout the universe would be modified as a result of cellular life
    forming on planet earth. Are you stating a brute fact? Are you
    extrapolating from you poisition to mine? How do you justify your statement?

    What I see as a better example of my posiion is buildinng a house. The
    founndation is laid (prebiotic universe). Now it is ready for the next stage
    -- building the frame and the rest of the house (cellular life, complex life,
    etc.). When building the superstructure on the fondation, the character of
    the entire foundation would be not need to be modified. It has its own
    inegrity, and does what it was designed and built to do-- hold up the rest of
    the house.


    On the lighter side:

    Since you live in Michigan you would appreciate what I saw on TV the other
    night--maybe you saw it too. In a comedy program the question was raised,
    Why did the Taliban lose the war in Afghanistan? Answer: because they used
    the Detroit Lions playbook.



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