Re: [asa] Rare Earth hypothesis (and it's theological implication)

From: Don Nield <>
Date: Thu Feb 01 2007 - 15:27:52 EST

I would say that the Book of Nature is telling us that both continency
and fine-tuning are involved. This is consistent with God creating the
heavens and the earth but it is not evidence that he has done so.
Neither is it evidence that he has not done so. Our belief that God did
in fact create the heavens and the earth is based on the Book of
Scripture as well as the Book of Nature. Thus I concur with Conway
Morris. Despite the contingency there is also convergence, consistent
with a divine plan.

Johan Jammart wrote:

> Thank you for your replies. Yes Simon Conway Morris speak in favor of
> this hypothesis in "Life solution:Inevitable Humans In A Lonely
> Universe" .
> I have read an atheist throwing a review a book :Stuart Ross Taylor -
> Destiny or Chance Our Solar System and its Place in the Cosmos, a book
> which is favorable of the rare earth hypothesis.
> Here is the review
>> Written by a leading planetary scientist, this book tells the
>> remarkable story of how our solar system came into existence. It
>> provides a fast-paced and expert tour of our new understanding of the
>> Earth, its planetary neighbours and other planetary systems. We are
>> shown why Mars is so small, where comets come from, how rings form
>> around planets, why asteroids exist and why Pluto isn't a planet at
>> all. En route we discover that chance events have shaped the course
>> of the history of our solar system. Dramatic collisions, for example,
>> have caused the tilts and spins of planets, the extinction of the
>> dinosaurs and the rise of man. Finally, we look at how suitable Earth
>> is for harbouring life, what other planetary systems look like and
>> whether we are alone in the cosmos. For all those interested in
>> understanding our solar system, this is a lucid and compelling read.
> This atheist claim that formation of our solar system was too
> hazardous to me the produce of God. But I have discovered that this
> book was reviewed by Simon Conway Morris :
>> 'This is a book that should be read by anyone who wants to be a
>> scientist, is a scientist, or is interested in science.' Simon Conway
>> Morris, Geological Magazine
> So I guess that there is no conflict between this book review and the
> belief in God! What do you think?
> Thanks again for your help!
> Blessings,
> Johan
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