RE: [asa] AIG's weakly message

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Date: Sat Feb 10 2007 - 15:27:21 EST

Moorad wrote:
There is indeed a slippery slop once one accepts evolutionary theory as the
correct description of the history of life on Earth. Human curiosity and
rationality are the major ingredients in the scientific endeavor, which would not
satisfied with only the history of Earth but that of the whole universe.
Therefore, humans would ascribe the present state of humanity to mere historical
accidents. If all could be thought to be explainable by means of scientific
inquiry, on what ground would one need the notion of the supernatural. In
other words, what is left unanswerable by science so that we are forced to posit
the existence of the supernatural?
Allan responds:
This looks like an example of the "God of the gaps" theology that many of us
decry. The Christian God is not a "need" to fill in unexplained gaps -- God
is sovereign over the whole fabric of creation, both the parts science can
explain and the parts (if any) science can't. Not to mention that, from a
Christian perspective, acknowledging "the existence of the supernatural" is of
exactly zero value.
Maybe another point is that, from a Christian perspective, by far the most
important thing "left unanswerable by science" is the life, death, and
resurrection of Jesus. That should be sufficient -- and apologetic efforts that
ignore Jesus in favor of looking for gaps in nature run the risk of exchanging
the God revealed in Jesus for the Idol of the Bacterial Flagellum.

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