Re: [asa] Event or process

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Thu May 17 2007 - 11:30:51 EDT

Those are rather idiosyncratic definitions & cast the whole question in a different way. I would then say briefly -

1) God is the ultimate cause of everything that happens.

2) The vast majority of things that happen in the world can be explained in terms of natural processes through which God works. (Primary & secondary causation if you wish.)

3) I think that a great deal of human mental ability evolved in the way sketched in 1) & see no compelling reason to say that the "soul" didn't also come about in that way.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Carol or John Burgeson
  Sent: Thursday, May 17, 2007 11:06 AM
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  David Buller wrote: "

  Which is exactly why I took the position that it was an event and a process. I think the "phase change analogy" is a great one for this very reason."

  Perhaps I need to define the two words more tightly.

  An "event" in this case means a direct (non-natural causation) intervention by divinity. A "process" means natural causation only.

  With these definitions, it has to be one or the other.


  "The first key to wisdom is frequent questioning. For it is by doubting that we come in enquiry and by enquiry we arrive at the truth." -- Abelard (Review of Eugenie Scott's EVOLUTION AND CREATIONISM

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