Re: [asa] Because of us

From: David Campbell <>
Date: Thu Apr 30 2009 - 12:56:48 EDT

> "Once this is realized, the obstacle of chance evaporates. God does not need
> to tinker with this creation to get us to appear. He created this universe,
> among an infinite other possible universes, precisely because it was the one
> that would spawn us."
> After all we've been through, Mike, here we are again at a new moment. It
> sounds to me like you're interested in promoting an 'anthropic principle' in
> biology - 'Because of us'. Am I right about this? We humans are speaking to
> ourselves, about our biology (and also about other biologies), though
> sometimes it sounds like babble!

Not necessarily "in biology"-this principle could be taken as a way to
theologically interpret biology, outside of biology.

I do not think biology gives any reason to infer nor to reject such a
principle. Theologically, it's reasonable though not absolutely
required-it would also be possible to assume creation of myriad
universes in order to include the one that would make us, for example.
 I'd tend to favor something similar to what Mike is suggesting as a
reasonable theological interpretation, while recognizing it's not the
sole option.

Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections
University of Alabama
"I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"
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