Re: Ohio

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Sat Feb 18 2006 - 21:05:10 EST

Well, Christian theology has generally understood history to be part of God's intention in creating the world - in spite of the fact that that doesn't fit too comfortably with the idea of God creating a perfect world in the beginning. But no, Christians don't have to accept evolution is anything like the modern sense, and for ~1800 years had no compelling reason to do so. But the evidence for cosmic & biological evolution is now so strong that Christians can deny evolution only by (a) ignoring the issue, (b) fooling themselves or allowing themselves to be fooled by others, or (c) for a very small minority, being dishonest.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Gregory Arago
  To: George Murphy ; Pim van Meurs ;
  Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 2:51 PM
  Subject: Re: Ohio

  "All Christians - all theists - believe in "intelligent design" in some sense."

  Yes, there seems an inevitability for Christians to believe in 'intelligent design' in some sense. But I wonder if you could answer to the alternative question. Is it inevitable for Christians - all theists - to believe in 'evolution' in some sense? If so, then in what sense do you mean?

  This question is not meant in any political sense whatsoever. I am not in America. But I wonder in what sense Americans (or Ohio-ans) *must* accept evolution.


  George Murphy <> wrote:
    There is also the fact that "critical analysis" is the latest anti-evolution euphemism in the line of "creation science" - "origins science" - "intelligent design." They get increasingly subtle. "Creation science" was pretty obviously YEC stuff. But investigating origins scientifically seemed OK. All Christians - all theists - believe in "intelligent design" in some sense. & what scientist could object to "critical analysis" of a theory? But when we realize that it's only evolutionary theory (& related areas of science like the age of the earth) that are to be "critically analyzed" ...


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