Re: [asa] How big a deal is homology?

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Wed Mar 28 2007 - 14:16:14 EDT

On 3/28/07, David Opderbeck <> wrote:
> *So, given that theology is neutral to progressive creation vs. creation
> by evolution, then the answer is determined what does the non-theological
> evidence point to and for that it is abundantly on the latter.*
> Right -- if that "given" about theology is really "given." This is also
> what I was trying to get at regarding Collins' evidence for evolution. I
> don't think it's enough to make the scientific case. This also relates to
> one of Iaian's comments about God of the gaps.

I think what unnecessarily complicates this is the desire to make an
apologetics case out of science. Collins makes a sufficient case for
evolution because evolution is by definition a natural explanation of
natural effects. Since ID is by its nature does make an apologetics case
then the response is what does TE do to do the analogous. The answer is
nothing as the science cannot distinguish between TE and atheistic
evolution. This is a theological issue. On the other hand, TE and
progressive creation is distinguishable via science. This means that the
issue between the two is a scientific rather than a theological question.
So, if science concludes -- and I believe rightly -- that evolution rather
than progressive creation is true then it doesn't disprove Christianity. TE
removes an objection to Christianity but it's a mistake to make it into a
positive support for it. That has to come from elsewhere.

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