Re: evolution archive list

Susan B (
Mon, 31 May 1999 21:22:19 -0500 (CDT)

Susan Wrote:
>> it depends on whether or not you believe that a god--specifically the
>> biblical god--created everything out of nothing all at once and species
>> been utterly static since then. If you believe that, then you are a
>> creationist. There are some on this list who believe that the biblical god
>> used evolution to create. They are not creationists.

Kevin L. O'Brien
>I beg to differ. At its most basic, "creationist" simply means someone who
>believes that God (or a god) created the universe. In that respect I am a
>creationist, even though I also accept the validity of evolution as a
>scientific fact. Since I believe that God invented evolution as His tool for
>creating and diversifying life, I tend to call myself an evolutionary

I use the narrower definition because I have no problem at all with people
believing that some deity of their choice is the author of the universe and
everything in it. That leaves room for curiousity, science and
acknowledgement of reality. Genesis is a wonderful teaching tale, but it is
not scientific fact.

It's the denial of reality and the insistance that everyone *else* deny
reality (or the attempt to conceal reality from them) that gets me nuts and
keeps me in this conversation.

Life is short, but it is also very wide.