Purpose and design (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Saturday, April 08, 2017, 15:42 (110 days ago) @ dhw


TONY: I just recalled the the Hebrew word Bara, who's is most often translated "created" literally translates to fill, or more specifically "to fatten". In the context of evolution, this could imply a "fattening" or a "filling out" of an existing system or framework. If God fattened the biological system in stages, it would have two implications. First is that hated equilibrium makes sense. Second is that macro-evolution can only occur with outside intervention, but that, if properly guided, it could happen.

dhw: David wants to know if you think God is in control. If God exists, I myself have no doubt that the system we have is the system he wants. The question then would be the extent to which he gives organisms the ability and freedom to control their own way of life: that applies just as much to their coping with or exploiting the environment as to humans choosing whether to be nice or nasty to one another.

Tony's 'outside intervention, properly guided' answers my question. God controls. I think Tony mis-typed 'gated equilibrium'. Makes sense.


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