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krogercomplete's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by krogercomplete

One of the best examples I've seen of assuming God to be true and then reasoning forward from that. The quintessence of open-mindedness: I am happy to consider all the evidence. . .to the extent that it does not conflict with my assumption about God. Some good quotes below.

"The truths of science and faith are complementary: they deal with very different questions, but they do not contradict each other because the spiritual order and the material order were created by the same God."

". . .using the gift of reason that God has given us."

"Many questions raised by evolutionary theory — like whether man has a unique place in the world or is merely the chance product of random mutations — go beyond empirical science and are better addressed in the realm of philosophy or theology."

". . .many believers — myself included — reject arguments for evolution that dismiss the possibility of divine causality."

". . .the process of creation — and indeed life today — is sustained by the hand of God in a manner known fully only to him. It does not strike me as anti-science or anti-reason to question the philosophical presuppositions behind theories offered by scientists who, in excluding the possibility of design or purpose, venture far beyond their realm of empirical science."

"The unique and special place of each and every person in creation is a fundamental truth that must be safeguarded. I am wary of any theory that seeks to undermine man's essential dignity and unique and intended place in the cosmos. I firmly believe that each human person, regardless of circumstance, was willed into being and made for a purpose."

"Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. . .aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected . . ."

I'm all for science; it can tell us some wonderful things about the world. But everyone knows that God created the universe, so any aspect of science that conflicts with that obvious truth can easily be dismissed. So much for moving from evidence to conclusion.

Thu, 31 May 2007 13:34:00 UTC | #43669