I have been listening to a few lectures by Christians who are convinced that the standard models of evolution explain all of biology including life’s origin. They say that evolution also explains all of cosmology. For them, this gives them, the evolutionary creationists, “a better god” than any model that requires a lesser form of “interventionist god”.
To quote loosely from a conversation between two of these good willed gentlemen.
“If we think of the cosmos as a game of billiards. The ID proponents have their god taking in turns and using the cue. Chance and nature are given a turn, then god comes in and sinks a ball. Finally after a long game, the eight ball is sunk, and we have a conscious being, man, with whom god can have a relationship.”
Then they ask the question; “What god is the better and the most clever god? Isn’t it a god who sets up the game, and uses the cue once at the very beginning, and does such a good shot, that without any further shots, the train of events is started in motion that results in all the balls being sequentially sunk. Finally, when the eight ball is sunk, god takes it (man) from the pocket, and tells us how much he loves us. A god like that is much cleverer, much more worthy of praise, than a god who needs to intervene over and over!”
This is a picture of cosmic front loading. I say that given the observed constraints of the universe we inhabit, ID theorists have shown that it is impossible, for any non interventionist agency, to front load even the origin of simple life, let alone subsequent development with any certain outcome. This is of course given the known science so far. ID opponents argue that we have enough science to say that these outcomes are not only possible but inevitable. We both have the same evidence.
I also say that it is even impossible, in this universe, to win a billiard game with a single shot. Given the friction of the table, and the differential velocities that would be required between different balls to be sunk in the correct order. Even if the very slim probability in a frictionless environment may allow it, in the real world it is impossible. Even a god could not win a billiard game in one stroke without using supernatural powers.
I wonder if it is OK to choose the best god I can think of. I wonder whether we may just have to accept the God who is called “I AM”, rather than being able to imagine the one we would like to exist.
Our views of what is possible in this given universe need to be constrained by known science. Cosmic front loading, if it exists, should be detectable and observable. If it is not, it is indistinguishable from intervention.