From: Adrian Teo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Dec 18 2002 - 16:39:53 EST
In defense of no-longer-lurking Sheila, I think it is perfectly
reasonable to infer from the bible and Christian tradition that there
are certain modes of creation that is incompatible with God's action.
For example, the notion of a gradual (quantitative incremental)
creation of humans is clearly incompatible with humans as created in
the image of God in the Genesis account. The creation of humanity is
a unique, singular, and instant event (qualitative). In other words,
there never was a time when partial humans existed. There was a time
when human-like creatures existed and evolved, with physical features
similar to humans, but these were not humans, not even partial ones.
Then at some point in creation, God breathed human soul into either
some ancestral creature or a body molded from raw matter, and behold,
the human person came into the scene. I am not sure how He did it,
but He did not do it in a gradual way.
Dear no-longer-lurking Sheila -
It doesn't feel very comfortable to me to say, "I'm not sure how He did
it, but I'm absolutely sure how He didn't do it!"
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