Re: Human origins and doctrine

From: george murphy (
Date: Sat Feb 23 2002 - 18:21:38 EST

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    Keith B Miller wrote (quoting Adrian Teo):

    > >All of which I don't deny. I am NOT saying that Christian evolutionists are
    > >necessarily any less orthodox in their theology than others. But at this
    > >point, I fail to see how the doctrine of original sin can be reconciled with
    > >a purely evolutionary framework that denies the special creation of humans.
    > >The reason is because there is no satisfactory account of how physical
    > >processes can lead to the emergence of our moral capacity and
    > >self-determination, which are necessary for Adam to have sinned.

            Well, what is the "satisfactory account" of how special creation gives us
    "moral capacity and
    self-determination"? It is simply a statement that God gave us those
    capacities. & of course that's true - just as God gave us hands & feet & eyes.
    A Christian understanding of evolution says that God has done all that mediately,
    through natural processes - & has to admit that at this point there are a lot of
    things we don't understand about how that happened.
            Which is simply to say that pointing to a lack of understanding of how
    our moral capacity arose as an argument for "special" (i.e., non-evolutionary)
    creation is just a variant of the God of the gaps argument.



    George L. Murphy
    "The Science-Theology Interface"

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