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At YouTube: How Evolution Can Still Be Evidence of Design


In this video, Dr. Rope Kojonen (philosopher/theologian) and Dr. Zachary Ardern (evolutionary geneticist) explain how evolution can be evidence of design, based on Dr. Kojonen’s forthcoming book, “The Compatibility of Evolution and Design.”

The video is sponsored by Cameron Bertuzzi and went up (at time of writing) nine hours ago.

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The point of view they represent was, we are told, pioneered by Asa Gray (1810–1888, pictured), father of American botany. Gray is remembered now only as a foil for Darwin (as portrayed in the Britannica entry below). But he deserves to be remembered and have his views represented fairly in his own right:

Gray was one of the few persons whom Darwin kept fully informed concerning the publication of his Origin of Species (1859). Gray was a devout Christian, however, and, although he did accept natural selection as the cause of new species, he did not believe it to be the only cause of variation, which he considered to be caused by some inherent power imparted in the beginning by divine agency. Indeed, he was one of the first advocates of the idea of theistic evolution, which holds that natural selection is one of the mechanisms with which God directs the natural world. Gray, an excellent writer of philosophical essays, biographies, and scientific criticism, staunchly supported Darwin’s theories and collected his supporting papers into the widely influential Darwiniana (1876, reprinted 1963). – Britannica

A friend writes to say that further instalments are expected.

It's a given that if life was intelligently designed then it was so designed with the information and ability to evolve and adapt.
He [the Designer] indeed seems to have “carefully crafted” information in His species giving them the ability to respond to environmental stimuli to alter their own genome to adapt to new environments. He then evidently let them wander where they will with the ability to adapt.- Dr. Lee Spetner “the Evolution Revolution” p 108

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