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Re: Evolutionary Theory

The course of events appear rather random, I'll give you that, but the
intricate systems underlying everything seem to me to be more than just a
happenstance.I'm afraid I'm not being very logical here, but I have this
gut reation that there's more to everything than I'm seeing.There's just
some thing there. Maybe it comes with just about reaching 60, looking at
bones for too long, and speculating on hilltops out in the boonies year
after year.


Stephen Faust                   smfaust@edisto.cofc.edu

On Sun, 22 Feb 1998, Jeffrey Martz wrote:

> > Of course, this doesn't mean there is no creator. It simply means He is
> > one fantastic engineer.
>      In that case, we can pretty much scrap Darwin & Wallace's theory of
> natural selection.  One of Darwin's main points (and the one that
> caused him the deepest personal distress) is that evolution through
> natural selection is a process that can funtion nicely without God.  To 
> date, hypothesizing about a place for God in natural history has fits best
> where the evidence is the most scarce.  We can still hypothesize about
> God creating life back in the Precambrian since that is basically a blank
> slate as far as evidence either way, or speculate that He is manipulating
> evolution in a manner so subtle that it seems to be explainible by
> undirected natural selection.  However, NATURAL selection IS an inherently 
> atheistic; or at least agnostic, mechanism for evolution.    
> > it might have meant that an evolutionary chain of
> > events was initiated that would lead to the creation of a particular form.
>      I'm sure the big time Gould readers will jump all over this.  For an
> example, lets take an overview of human evolutionary history:
>      Single celled organisms develop and then don't do much of anything
> for a couple billion years before the metazoans appear. Some time later,
> the therapsids (or "mammal-like reptiles") become the dominant members of
> the late Paleozoic vertebrate community; then they get largely decimated
> by the Permian-Triassic extinction.  The survivors do passably during the
> Triassic, while the archosaurs are running things to a large degree.
> Mammals evolve from relatively small therapsids right about the time the
> dinosaurs take over and most of the remaining therapsid groups go extinct.
> They pretty much STAY small for 150 million years until the K-T
> extinction.  THEN they get diverse and some get big. Primates evolve,
> reach thier peak diversity in the Miocene, then decline in diversity.
> Hominids evolve during less diverse and ecologically moe stressful times
> in the Pliocene.   
>      If evolution was supposed to lead to humans all along, it
> certainly took a circuitous route.
> LN Jeff