Do claims about “front-loading” design make theistic evolution viable? An engineer offers some thoughts.
|November 5, 2017||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, theistic evolution|
From blogger at Wintery Knight:
Is belief in a creator/designer compatible with belief in Darwinian evolution?
One of the ways that theistic evolutionists try to affirm design is by insisting that the design is “front-loaded”. The design for all the information and body plans is somehow embedded in matter.
I attended a Wheaton College philosophy conference where Dr. Michael Murray read a paper advocating for this front-loaded view of design. I raised my hand to ask him a question, “hey, philosophy guy, did God front-load the information in that paper you’re reading, or did you write it yourself?” But the philosophy moderators must have known that I was an engineer, and would talk sense into him, because they never called on me. However, I did e-mail him later and asked him if he had any evidence for this front-loading theory, and couldn’t God write sequence information in time the same way he had sequenced information in his essay. He replied and said that front-loading was more emotionally satisfying for him. That’s philosophy, I guess. Thank goodness an engineer wrote his e-mail program so that he could at least come clean about his silly view.
The quickest way to disarm a theistic evolutionist is to ask them for a naturalistic explanation of the origin of life. And for a naturalistic explanation of the Cambrian explosion. And so on. Focus on the science – don’t let them turn the conversation to their personal beliefs, or to the Bible, or to religion. No one cares about the psychology of the theistic evolutionist. We only care what science can show. More.
Theistic evolutionists (really, theistic Darwinists) seem to have always assumed that the triumph of naturalism is inevitable. They needed a staged retreat so that people will not “lose their faith” faster than theistic evolutionists can accommodate them to the reality…
See also: Nature, as defined today, cannot be all there is. Science demonstrates that.
Post-modern science: The illusion of consciousness sees through itself
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