Re: How to encourage a former creationist to persevere in faith?

From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. <dfsiemensjr@juno.com>
Date: Mon Aug 22 2005 - 13:43:25 EDT

On Mon, 22 Aug 2005 11:19:47 -0600 Carol or John Burgeson
<burgytwo@juno.com> writes:
> Iain wrote: "I thought David F. Siemens was closest to my own
> thoughts
> when he said:
>
> >By the way, a God who has to tinker to get things right seems to
> fit the
> >notion that the deity is not bright enough to get it right from
> the
> >beginning. ... '
>
> And this is very much my own feeling. It seems astonishing to me
> that
> God could create a universe that was capable of assembling itself
> and
> lead to creatures complex enough to sense the Creator. That in
> itself
> is enough to marvel at. But I agree that if creation breaks down
> from
> time to time and God has to step in to help it over the tricky
> bits,
> then that doesn't seem so good."
>
> All this ignores a third possibility -- that God likes to "play"
> with His
> creation. It may, or may not, be true -- but it ought not be
> summarily
> dismissed. In such a scenario, God is not "tinkering" to "get
> things
> right" but simply trying out new ideas and possibilities.
>
> Burgy
>
Burgy,
If I understand your claim, God isn't smart enough to anticipate the
total consequences, so has to try new things out. Are you joining the
contemporary groups who deny omniscience to the deity?
Dave
Received on Mon Aug 22 15:04:16 2005

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