RE: [asa] Believing Scripture but Playing by Sciences Rules

From: Alexanian, Moorad <>
Date: Wed Feb 14 2007 - 14:49:21 EST

I am taking the position of a scientist who posits that life developed
presumably from purely physical entities. Can such an explanation be
complete? Unless one can show or prove that all that is can be
described in purely physical terms, then one has a problem. Accordingly,
the problem is not merely scientific and some other prior information
must enter the presuppositions made in order to explain, say, the true
nature of humans.




From: D. F. Siemens, Jr. []
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:42 PM
To: Alexanian, Moorad
Subject: Re: [asa] Believing Scripture but Playing by Sciences Rules


Why does something have to step in? The fact is that "sin" demands
valuation, which is outside of the scope of science. But it appears to
be evident with a certain level of intelligence. I understand there is a
recognition of reciprocity among chimps, for example.


I note that there is no way for science to detect a soul, except perhaps
as a category of brain activity or social activity. So it would make no
difference scientifically if the soul were the gift of God to one
individual who passed it on, or to all individuals sometime before or at
birth. Christians are still arguing traducianism and creationism. It
also would not be a scientific problem if moral awareness were something
that came from a level of intelligence and awareness of self and others.



On Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:04:25 -0500 "Alexanian, Moorad"
<> writes:

        I suppose I am still stuck on the notion of how a scientific
development of life on Earth "allows" sin to enter into animals that
henceforth became humans. Note that the notion of sin has no place in a
scientific theory. Does that mean that something or someone from
"outside" stepped in and added that element in the animal world to
"change" some primates into humans? If so, then, how do we study the
history of the universe and know when and how that someone from
"outside" stepped in and made some changes in the time-development of
the universe? Do we minimize that "interference" or maximize it? Who is
to tell what occurred in the past and how to tell?


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