Joined: Sep. 2004
Ken Miller writes, quoted above
[block]Not so fast. The biological account of lucky historical contingencies that led to our own appearance on this planet is surely accurate. What does not follow is that a perceived lack of inevitability translates into something that we should regard as incompatibility with a divine will. To do so seriously underestimates God, even as this God is understood by the most conventional of Western religions.
Yes, the explosive diversification of life on this planet was an unpredictable process. But so were the rise of Western civilization, the collapse of the Roman Empire, and the winning number in last night's lottery. We do not regard the indeterminate nature of any of these events in human history as antithetical to the existence of a Creator; why should we regard similar events in natural history any differently? There is, I would submit, no reason at all. If we can view the contingent events in the families that produced our individual lives as consistent with a Creator, then certainly we can do the same for the chain of circumstances that produced our species.[/quote]
This idea, especially the second paragraph, is critical. Christians have no problem reconciling their idea of an active God with the presence of contingent events in regards to their own life or the history of humankind, but they then deny that same reconciliation in regards to the evolution of life.
This is inconsistent, and in my opinion, for those who ought to know better, hypocritical.