The God-Shaped Hole!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Omniscience and evolution

God is omniscient. That word means "all-knowing". But what does that really mean?

It means that God is infinitely intelligent. He knows every fact. In fact, if He didn't, He could figure it all out again instantly.

For you computer/math geeks out there, listen up:

Jesus can solve Turing's Halting Problem.

He didn't "need" evolution to create humanity. To believe that He "needed" it is to insult God's intelligence, as well as His omnipotence. (Remember, He can move a single photon from one side of the universe to the other without disturbing a neutrino. Constructing living cells, atom by atom, is no big deal to Him.)

Now that that's out of the way, let's admit something here. God could have used evolution to create the biosphere, or the Big Bang to form the universe.

However, just as we've decided to avoid insulting His intelligence or His abilities, let's not insult His love. After all, omni-benevolence is an often-cited complementary attribute.

Would a loving God create people and animals through a mechanistic and mindless process of killing off the less fit, at some point having tribes of almost-human primates wandering the plains?

Or would He shape them by hand from the warm clay of Eden?

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  • You can't attribute 'the killing off of the less fit' to him. The species do it to each other and some of them (unfortunately?) are endowed with intelligence too.

    A thought provoking post.

    By Blogger Id it is, at 2:11 PM  

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