God and evolution: weaverbirds (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Sunday, April 02, 2017, 15:06 (1027 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: Tony said: "In short, my view is that Jehovah designed themes and allowed for variants within constraints". I interpret that as very close to my thoughts. Instructing a bird in how to do it is virtually the same.

dhw: Our specific subject here is the weaverbird. The theme, then, is nest-building. The weaverbird’s nest is a variant on the theme of nest-building. According to you, the weaverbird’s nest is too complex for the bird to have constructed its own variant, and so God designed it. (What’s more, God designed it because it is related to the production of humans, because everything God has done is related to the production of humans.) There is a world of difference between direct intervention by your God, and your God “allowing” birds to design their own variants, to do which he must have given them the necessary mechanisms.

Of course, they have epigenetics for variation, no argument.

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