Re: [asa] Rejoinder 4 from Timaeus – What Could Evolution Do if God Were Dead?

From: j burg <>
Date: Fri Oct 03 2008 - 11:39:07 EDT

This is to Tim, who wrote: "But it is absolutely worthless, from my
point of view, to hear that Darwinism isn't the whole story and in the
same breath to assert that WITHIN SCIENCE, Darwinism is absolutely
true. There is a major blurring going on here ... ."

The problem is with the word "true." Polkinghorne suggests the term
"verisimilitude," which recognizes that science never perceives
"reality," but only what it can catch in its net.

If I were a TE, then, I'd NEVER assert that Darwinism was "true," only
that it currentlty passes the verisimilitude test.

Do you see the difference, or am I still being obscure? Or, maybe,
some TEs DO assert that Darwinism is "true." I think not.


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