Re: [asa] BioLogos - Bad Theology?

From: Iain Strachan <>
Date: Mon May 18 2009 - 14:03:36 EDT

I'm afraid like others I really don't get this.

Surely "humans" is just a name we call ourselves. The required
characteristics are an intelligent rational being, with a moral sense and a
sense of being a created being. If that species has six fingers, or pointed
ears like elves or Vulcans does that really affect the argument? If talking
dolphins were the dominant species, and had a sense of the Creator, would
that affect the argument? Only if you assume that God actually looks like
us. But I think that talking dolphins is probably not what C-M intends; I'm
guessing he means a humanoid species. In which case I can't see what the
problem is. Is it not the case that God cares about our immortal soul more
than about the physical form the body takes?

Incidentally, I had the misfortune to see Greg's bad-mannered response to
you - it arrived before my email filter swung into action. My


On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Nucacids <> wrote:

> Over at the BioLogos page, we read:
> “Simon Conway Morris presents a different perspective, arguing humans, or a
> human-like species, are actually an inevitable part of evolution. Morris is
> not proposing a different mechanism for human evolution, merely a different
> observation of its possible outcomes. Morris would agree that any slight
> difference in the history of human DNA would result in a different
> evolutionary path. Unlike Gould, however, Morris argues each of those
> possible pathways would inevitably lead to something like the human
> species.”
> I submit this is bad theology. Why? Entailed in this perspective is the
> notion that humans and human-like species are interchangeable. Your
> existence, the existence of your wife and children, is not important to God.
> God is only interested in some being that shares some of your general
> attributes – your intelligence, sentience, emotions, whatever. A planet
> full of talking dolphins would have sufficed for God’s purposes. You just
> happened to stumble into the role that could have been played by a variety
> of other beings.
> What BioLogos is advocating is a form of Christian nihilism. It’s almost
> more nihilistic than atheism. Actually, maybe more so.
> -Mike

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