I understand that point. But as I said to Neo, in order for things to change over time(evolution), things have to exist in the first place. And those things have to have a reason to change. And in the very least, that's where God would have guided evolution.DBowling wrote: ↑Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:27 amI think the definition of "evolution" is what neo-x is getting at.RickD wrote: ↑Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:30 amThat makes no sense to me. Could you expound on that?neo-x wrote: ↑Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:11 amI wouldn't put it like that. It has not to do with god but the idea of evolution itself. The same way God can't make a squared-circle, is the same way evolution can't be guided. It's an absurdity. If evolution is guided then by definition it is not evolution; it's creation.RickD wrote: ↑Mon Jul 23, 2018 2:02 amIn light of the fact that you believe in God, could you explain what you mean?
Don't you believe that God ultimately set up the mechanisms that allow evolution to happen?
In other words, if one believes in evolution, and that God is the creator and sustainer, then one believes that God guided evolution, right?
The classic definition of evolution involves the following:
- common descent
- random mutation
- natural selection
If the evolutionary principle of "random mutation" is replaced with another process such as "guided mutation" or "intelligent addition of new genetic information into the DNA" then by definition the process being described is no longer evolution.
See what I'm saying?