Date: Thu Sep 18 2003 - 09:18:06 EDT
The examples you mention are points that most of us (I think) believe to be
form-conferring miracles, even if we hold to the RFEP in matters of the
ordinary formative history of the universe and earth and evolution of life
and even consciousness that allows for God-awareness. I consider that
these "form-conferring events" (what most of us mean by Miracles) are very
unusual exceptions to the ordinary created structure/behavior of the
universe. The RFEP simply posits that the balance of things we consider
pre-gifted properties versus form-conferring events is tipped very far to
the pre-gifted side. I believe Howard is confortable with this use of the
RFEP (please correct me if I am wrong about this Howard). More recently,
Howard himself has been challenged by Griffin and others to consider the
theological implications of tipping the balance all the way. Most of us are
not comfortable with that extreme, and we are like you in desiring to mine
Howard's thinking along these lines.
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Questions for Howard and the supporters of RFEP:
I am still hoping for an explanation of how we are to understand basic
Christian doctrines in light of the RFEP. It seems to eviscerate all the
fundamental doctrines like Election, Virgin Birth, Prophecy, the
Incarnation, Miracles of Christ and the Resurrection.
1) How did Mary get pregnant "by the Holy Ghost" if God doesn't "confer
2) How was Christ resurrected "by the glory of the Father" (Rom 6.4) if God
doesn't go about "coercing" dead matter?
3) What does "the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God" (Acts 2.23)
mean under RFEP?
4) What is the meaning of the Incarnation if God never directly manipulates
5) Is Scripture simply wrong when it asserts Christ healed the blind man
(John 9). This seems to be the necessary conclusion of RFEP because that
event clearly involved coercion of matter by God incarnate.
These are exceedingly important questions. I look forward to the answers
(which presumably have already been worked out, given that Howard has been
interacting with Christians on this list for some years now.)
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