[asa] Holman QuickSource Guide to Understanding Creation WAS Conversing with YECs

From: John Walley <john_walley@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Oct 27 2008 - 20:48:35 EDT

On this note of the psi GULO pseudogene, two good friends of mine that are both ex-RTB Apologists themselves and one a former RTB Chapter President have just had their latest book published for the popular audience and is on the shelves of your local Christian bookstore.

In this they boldy broach the topic of TE and include the example of psi GULO as evidence of an evolutionary creation. I can assure you this would be one of VERY FEW books in any popular Christian bookstore that would take this stand.

Interestingly they got a very popular and mainstream publisher ( I think Baptist ) that is trusted in evangelical circles as well. This will be scandalous real soon in some Sunday School class or Bible study near you. I take this as a very positive sign of change. Ted, I am not making a political reference here. :)

I have included an excerpt below that I think you will enjoy and I think the quote from Burnet that they borrowed from Denis Alexander is an absolute homerun.




An emphasis on the immanence of God (His omnipresence within creation) is to some believers a much more profound and worthy concept of creation than is creation by fiat interventions. Reflecting on the theology of an evolving creation at the end of the nineteenth century, Aubrey Moore observed that "The scientific evidence in favour of evolution, as a theory is infinitely more Christian than the theory of 'special creation.' For it implies the immanence of God in nature, and the omnipresence of His creative power. Those who oppose the doctrine of evolution in defence of a 'continued intervention' of God, seem to have failed to notice that a theory of occasional intervention implies as its correlative a theory of ordinary absence." (Original spellings from author, ref: A. Moore, Science and Faith, London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889, p. 184.)

Perhaps Thomas Burnet, the private chaplain to King William III best and most eloquently stated the appeal of God's immanence in an evolving creation (playing off Paley's watchmaker argument for a Designer) when he wrote, "We think him a better artist that makes a clock that strikes regularly at every hour from the springs and wheels which he puts in the work, than he that hath so made his clock that he must put his finger to it every hour to make it strike" (as quoted in Denis Alexander, "Rebuilding the Matrix - Science and Faith in the 21st Century" (Oxford: Lion Publishing, 2001 ISBN 978-0745912448) p. 166).


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