Scott McKnight has an excellent blog entry that looks
at the recent book,
Evolution and the
, edited by Cavanaugh and Smith. The following quote is from the book
and draws upon the words of Darrel R. Falk.
Unlike secular scientists, Falk suggests that we
should understand our origin, despite the “odds” as an example of divine providence.
This isn’t an argument for the existence of God, but rather a realization
that there is another plausible interpretation of our existence on this planet.
Rather than lucky accidents, we are the result of a plan and have a purpose.
In complete contrast to the conclusions of Gee,
Wilson, and Gould, and many other biologists, scientific data have been
emerging that are highly consonant and beautifully consistent with the Christ
who is “before all things and through whom all things hold together” (Col 1:17 [NRSV]), and the Word “through whom
all things came into being … and without him not one thing came into being” (John
1:14 [NRSV]) (Evolution and the Fall, 2017, edited by
William Cavanaugh and James K. A. Smith, p. 21)
says that, “… as Christians, the highly contingent and improbable truth of our
existence should bring a new and deep appreciation for the providence of God.”
It is not about proving that God exists. It is about realizing that because, by
any secular or religious standard, the probability that humans would develop on
this planet is very low, there is a place for including God in the
conversation. Philosophy and religion are some of the appropriate tools for
investigating the universe.

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