Theoretical origin of life; new earliest? (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Thursday, October 12, 2017, 14:23 (12 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: I don't know why you struggle. I'll accept Darwin as agnostic. What Darwin thought in his later writings does not change what atheists make of Darwin's theory. Yes, there are theistic Darwinists. My comments relate to atheists and the way current Darwinism comes across.

dhw: This discussion concerns your comment that Darwin’s theory “dismisses God out of hand.” It doesn’t. That is the only point of disagreement.

DAVID: My statement:"As for Darwin, he proposed a chance evolutionary process which dismisses God out of hand." I'll stand by it. Chance rules out God.

dhw: Not if the author explicitly allows for the possibility that God created the mechanism for the evolutionary process! Yet again, you are assuming that anyone who disagrees with your hypothesis of a divine 3.8-billion-year-old computer programme to control the whole of evolution (plus dabbles) is an atheist! It is chance origin of life that would dismiss God out of hand, not random mutations. Darwin's theory concerns Chapter Two of life, not Chapter One.

I'm simply observing the way atheists use Darwin. And you forgot my point that origin of life and evolution are a continuum. Darwin's life popped up in some warm pond, and he implied chance!


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