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Monday, August 08, 2005

Evolution and God

The director of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis Collins, did a show with Tucker Carlson about evolution and Intelliegent design. Transcript:

We live at a tragic time when it comes to this debate. We have scientists arguing on the basis of their study of the natural world that there is no god. And they're committing a falsifment on the other side of the gap we have fundamentalist views saying science is dangerous. Evolution can't be right because god wouldn't have done it that way. The first book of the Bible says something different and the gap gets wider and wider and it must break god's heart, because, I believe in the middle is a wonderful harmony where you can both accept the tools of science. I mean, after all, we have laws and theories and ways of understanding things and if god is real, he must be the author of them so he shouldn't be threatened by them. Right? We have the tools of science to understand nature and the tools of faith to understand god and our relationship to him. Then you're in the best of all places. You can bring together that scientific world view and the spiritual world view into a harmony and that harmony seems to have escaped an awful lot of these polarized debates. It would be my hope that we can bring those back together.
That is where I stand on this debate. Belief in evolution in no way precludes belief in God. Too many on both sides of this debate have distorted what is known, and tried to expand the realm of their personal, preferred epistomology into realms that are unapplicable to that epistomology in an effort to buttress their own philosophical beliefs. My view though, is that for all the publicity those who are trying to inject religion into science get, those who are trying to inject science into religion do more damage.

2 Comments:

Blogger RFTR said...

Once again, you and I post on very similar topics. Mine's here.

8/08/2005 07:39:00 PM  
Blogger Cubicle said...

I also find it funny that they six days it took to create the universe closly mirror what we have found out through science (The time line is about the only thing that does not match up.)

8/09/2005 08:42:00 AM  

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