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|Quote (FloydLee @ Sep. 17 2009,10:07)|
|doesn't the Bible at times refer to natural weather phenomenon as being under the control of God, yet modern meteorology does not make room for the kinds of teleological processes written about in the Bible. In what real sense then is meteorology more compatible with Christianity than evolutionary biology?|
The big difference is that if you will go to a meteorology textbook, or a physics textbook, or a chemistry science journal article, you will see that they are SILENT on the issue of teleology.
You will NOT see them denying teleology, instead they just stay silent and stick to whatever they can back up with science. You won't see public claims of:
"Meteorology does not admit conscious anticipation of the future (ie consious forethought)..."
"Physics is a completely mindless process..."
"(Chemistry and the Brain) -- With all deference to religious people, the notion that humans were created in the image of God can be set aside."
"Astronomy rejects all supernatural phenomena and causations."
No. No sir. These kinds of public pronouncements are found only within--and are inherently part of-- EVOLUTION. Evolution is incompatible with Christianity.
Your comment has already been addressed by others, but I have a question.
If all the Evolutionary Biology textbooks take out any overt statements about teleology like the ones you listed below (note: this would not include taking out explanations for how natural selection and mutation work), which would then make the textbooks just as "silent" on the issue of teleology as the other sciences, would you then concede that evolution is compatible with Christianity? If not, why not?
Evolander in training