RE: [asa] AIG's weakly message

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Sun Feb 11 2007 - 14:29:56 EST

I believe you are looking at the telescope not from the eyepiece but from the objective lens. Christians must believe in the supernatural, otherwise the content of Nature is all that there is and hence the notion of divinity is nonsensical. The questions I was raising is what remains to be explained if one takes evolutionary theory seriously as an explanation of the present state of the earth, or universe, from, say a Big Bang origin of the universe? I was not asking any question regarding some unique, historical event, e.g., who Jesus the Christ is? For instance, are human life, consciousness, and rationality reducible to the purely physical?



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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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