Re: [asa] Question for all the theistic evolutionists

From: Bill Hamilton <>
Date: Thu Mar 15 2007 - 07:42:26 EDT

Glenn wrote

> Fair request. If, the image of God makes no difference in behavior, then
> it
> is like saying that God inserted something into man that makes no
> difference, which is to say, God performed a completely useless act--like
> throwing salt over ones shoulder. So, then, if God is involved in
> completely undetectable activities and useless activities. It is, I argue
> again, like me saying I am giving you a faghernacht. It makes no
> difference
> to your behavior, doesn't make you smart, nor pretty, nor ugly, nor
> charming, nor intelligent, nor anything. But, I inserted one into you
> last
> night. Aren't you impressed? You should be, you are the very first person
> into whom I have inserted my fighernacht. That makes you very special to
> me.

I agree that if God inserts something into humans that makes no difference in behavior, then what is the benefit? However, you are asking a different question: You are looking for differences in behavior that are detectable in the archaeological record. I grant that art and burial of the dead with ceremony are indications of a developing spirituality, but are they indicators that the image of God has been instilled? Or should we be looking for another, or possibly a combination of factors? Or perhaps what we're looking for is undetectable in the archaeological record. Fro example in Gen 4:26 it says "at that time men began to call on the name of God." If you were looking for that as an indication of the image of God, you wouldn't necessarily find it.

Bill Hamilton
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