RE: Evolution wars

From: Alexanian, Moorad (
Date: Tue Dec 17 2002 - 22:52:01 EST

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    I believe that the notion of a Creator is one that people have to
    face very early in life. The existence of a Creator is a logical
    imperative and really has nothing to do with theology. The existence
    of a Creator is the answer to the question that physicist John
    Wheeler asked recently: How come existence? I would not call myself
    a believer of creationism or a creationist since such terms are
    loaded with meaning and go beyond the notion of one who believes in
    the existence or necessity of a Creator. Moorad

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            This seemed a rather lengthy answer to a simple question. I
    believe and
            embrace creationism. The Bible clearly states that God
    created Man, not some
            amoebic ooze that became man over time. When someone asks
    me, which came
            first the chicken or the egg, I know the answer. God created
    every animal.
            Admittedly, I have never gone back to the original Hebrew to
    determine if the
            word for man actually means "amoebic ooze that became man
    over time." Do I
            think we have the whole story? No, absolutely not. I don't
    have the answer
            but I am confident in what the answer isn't.

            And here I am, caught up in the evolution wars - no longer lurking!


            Quoting Keith Miller <>:

    > > what is the general concensus here? do you all believe
    in evolution
    > > and are
    > > you trying to interpret the Bible from a Darwinian perspective
    > (which
    > > would
    > > be the next logical step) or do you embrace creationism
    or something
    > > else?
    > > rich
    > >
    > I don't have the time to respond in detail. However, the question
    > above has a number of false assumptions and sets out the issue in
    > conflict metaphor from the start.
    > The proper questions to ask are: What is the best theological
    > scholarship available regarding the hermenutics of the relevant
    > biblical passages. How do we best interpret the scripture
    taken on its
    > own authority? What do the Biblical passages actually
    say? How would
    > they have been understood by the original hearers, in
    their particular
    > linguistic, cultural and historical context? What was the
    message that
    > God was intending to communicate through the authors?
    > A second set of appropriate questions center on: What is
    the reality
    > of the physical universe in which we dwell? What is the
    current state
    > of the physical universe and what are the processes by which it
    > operates? What is the history of this physical universe that can be
    > reconstructed from the evidence accessible to our senses?
    > There is nothing in the above that places the Bible and
    evolution (or
    > any other scientific conception of the world) in necessary conflict.
    > As God's image bearers I believe that God has given us the tools to
    > understand his Creation, and thus to excercise proper
    stewardship over
    > it. Science is an expression of this God given commission to rule
    > Creation as His appointed representatives.
    > Keith

            Sheila McGinty

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