RE: [asa] ID vis a vis id

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Mon Jun 01 2009 - 19:42:55 EDT

Terry said:
"How is front-loading different from deism?"

Seems to me that is comparing things from two different categories. Front-loading is a theory as to how creation happened, while Deism is a view of the nature of God and how He interacts in the world.

I think both Deists and evangelical Christians can accept front loading. Both could also probably accept special creation (for the Deist- a special creation followed by God's non-involvement in the world).

I asked Ken Miller at his recent talk if it is possible for evolution to be God-guided, and I think his answer was essentially "No- because of the evidence for evolution," which I don't think really answered it. I already see and accept the evidence for evolution, so the question isn't if evolution happened or not, but whether God could be directing it, given the fact how wonderful creation is and how inept nature usually is at creating anything else we can observe.

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So for those of you who are "front-loaders" I have a question. How is
front-loading different from deism?


On Jun 1, 2009, at 1:13 PM, David Campbell wrote:

> On Thu, May 28, 2009 at 9:26 AM, <> wrote:
>> Just to clarify my view here, I think that both quantum theory AND
>> chaos theory have to be considered in this connection. They are
>> not unrelated, though precisely how they should be put together is
>> unclear.<
> Not to mention all the other things that are not amenable to precise
> human prediction without exactly fitting the mathematical definitions
> of chaos or falling under quantum physics.
> Interpretation of God's action in such cases will relate to one's
> position on the predestination-free will continuum as well. More
> emphasis on predestination would generally tend to favor a
> "front-loaded" design view, whereas a more Arminian take would tend
> towards favoring the idea of God adjusting things as needed. The
> correlation is not rigid-God could decide in advance to tweak things
> at a given point in a given way, or He could set up a largely
> front-loaded system that still allows for some range of options, for
> example, but it does illustrate the fact that very much of the stuff
> brought up in discussions on ID or evolution already have a long
> history of discussion under other theological headings.
> --
> Dr. David Campbell
> 425 Scientific Collections
> University of Alabama
> "I think of my happy condition, surrounded by acres of clams"
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