Re: Directed evolution: evidence for teleology?

From: gordon brown <>
Date: Sun Oct 16 2005 - 20:36:44 EDT

On Sat, 15 Oct 2005, Pim van Meurs wrote:

> Why one would look for the bacterial flagellum as somehow designed is beyond me. While it is based on mostly our ignorance, and ignores viable scientific hypotheses, ID also leaves many relevant questions unanswered such as how, why, when... Why would God be intimately involved in the design of the flagellum, which seem to have found a use as TTSS (tupe III secretory system) in such friendly creatures as Yersenia (causes the bubonic plague). Was the bubonic plague which is seen as the cause of death of more than half the european population in the middle ages somehow intelligently designed? Or was it an unexpected side effect of the 'creative act' ? Why would God be so interested in the bacterial flagellum I wonder?

God works all things after the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:11). All
things includes bubonic plague. It may not be what any of us would have
designed. We would probably have designed heaven on earth, but that
doesn't mean that what we see in our world wasn't designed. God's thoughts
are higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). I accept by faith that what
happens is from the ultimate perspective no accident, even when I don't
understand its purpose.

My remarks here do not address the question of how God accomplishes his
designs, whether directly or by processes that he has ordained, nor does
it imply that there is any other means of detecting design.

Gordon Brown
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80301-0395
Received on Sun Oct 16 20:39:11 2005

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