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

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Date: Fri Oct 03 2008 - 14:14:12 EDT

---- j burg <> wrote:
> 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 ... ."

This claim in an example of an all too common confusion about different levels of causation. It is true that Abraham Lincoln was killed by a bullet, & that is the only truth that a pathologist will state or is competent to state. But it isn't the entire truth, & those who are concerned with the whole context of Lincoln's death will be interested in the historian's claim that Lincoln was killed by John Wilkes Booth.

Ithink the parallel with a traditional understanding of divine action via God's cooperation with creatures is obvious. It's true that concerns about "Darwinism" may have more to do with governance rather than with cooperation (following the conventional 3-fold analysis of providence) but I think this is enough to show briefly that Timaeus' claims pf worthlessness is considerably overstated.


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