Ending our religion coverage for the week, from John Farrell at Forbes:
It’s Time To Retire ‘Theistic Evolution’
His basic point is that it is all just evolution, and any talk of “theistic” is superfluous.
And it’s well past its sell-by date. More.
Farrell makes quite clear that there is no essential difference between “theistic” evolution and metaphysical naturalism (nature is all there is). Of course there isn’t ny difference, except for sponsorship. To say that God created absolutely everything equally and that no design is especially evident anywhere means that an elemental atom is just the same as a human life or a human mind, or for that matter a religious revelation.
Catholic chemist Stacy “Science in the Light of Faith” Trasancos is delighted with Farrell’s approach. Readers may remember her from Vincent Torley’s piece, A Response to Stacy Trasancos: Feet to the Fire and Stacy Trasancos Responds.
In fairness, it doesn’t sound like Trasancos understands the issues at all, and she was likely delighted to have been noticed by Farrell.
One owes a debt both to Farrell and to Trasancos for making absolutely clear that theistic evolution is the same thing as metaphysical naturalism, for all practical purposes. Many have been fudging the question for years.
See also: A man out of his depth: Has John Farrell read and understood John Henry Newman? (Vincent Torley)
At least Forbes.com’s John Farrell, while trashing Jonathan Wells’ “junk DNA” book, doesn’t threaten to actually read it.
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