From: Glenn Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 22 2003 - 21:33:52 EDT
One could turn this around. If life is everywhere, then God designed a
universe where life arises quickly and this proves religion. If life is
unique on earth, then we are special creatures in a special place contrary
to modern Copernican principles and that proves the Bible true.
>Behalf Of Ted Davis
>Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 1:43 PM
>C.S. Lewis, "Dogma and the Universe," in The Grand Miracle and Other
>Essays on Theology and Ethics from 'God in the Dock,' ed. by W. Hooper
>(New York: Ballantine Books, 1990), p. 14:
>"If we discover other bodies, they must be habitable or uninhabitable: and
>the odd thing is that both these hypotheses are used as grounds for
>rejecting Christianity. If the universe is teeming with life, this, we are
>told, reduces to absurdity the Christian claim--or what is thought to be
>Christian claim--that man is unique, and the Christian doctrine that to
>one planet God came down and was incarnate for us men and our salvation.
>If, on the other hand, the earth is really unique, then that proves that
>life is only an accidental by-product in the universe, and so again
>disproves our religion. Really, we are hard to please."
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