Mailbox: A reader writes from an island in Mediterraean to ask,
|April 3, 2009||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Don’t you think Evolution excludes God from being the Creator? How can you support it them being a Catholic?
After I got over raging at that guy for living in a place that is actually warm and sunny (how dare he?), I replied:
Friend, thank you for writing, and apologies for any delay in getting back to you.
Essentially, I think God can create however he wants.
He can use direct creation and various types of evolution, including Darwin’s natural selection. Or other methods beyond my ability to imagine.
He’s God. and I’m not. So I don’t worry about whether God can do something, but rather whether evidence suggests that he has.
Indeed, for certain purposes – weeding out losers, for example – natural selection is doubtless an important mechanism.
I use it myself sometimes when I garden. I often just scatter flower seed broadcast – knowing that the losers will die, and the survivors will not need interventions that I can’t afford and don’t have time for.
Where I differ with the exponents of “Evolution” is:
1. I am not an atheist or a “liberal” Christian.
2. Therefore I do not need to prove that there is no design in the universe or life forms.
3. Therefore, I can acknowledge that design is evident in the universe and in life forms.
4. Therefore, I do not need to pretend that my method for weeding out loser plants in my garden actually creates any new information. All it does is distinguish between good and bad examples of the information that already existed.
5. I think that once we get things like that straight, we will be on the verge of another science revolution. But as along as we are stuck with no-design nonsense, we will be stuck with stupid projects about stuff we know that ain’t so.
I do hope this is a help.