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A Wild and Outrageous Creativity

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Philosopher and photographer Laszlo Bencze writes,

When we look at the world of living things we don’t see the drabness we might expect of an evolved world. We don’t see a dozen species of algae, all very similar; a few clams; a set of fish of depressing likeness; birds, brown and small fluttering for food with grim efficiency, and four footed critters, all more or less in the raccoon category rustling in the uniform underbrush. Nor do we see people, stooped and stunted as if in some world Soviet, morosely going about their business sans music, sans art, sans literature. No, what we see is the sort of wild and outrageous creativity as a God exuberant with intelligence and whimsy might well devise. The world of evolution would give us a repressed, limited, boring world—never one that makes the morning stars sing together and the sons of God shout for joy.

Thoughts?

6 Replies to “A Wild and Outrageous Creativity

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    Jon Garvey says:

    Let’s try an anthropic answer. If the world weren’t so outrageously varied and interesting we’d all be too bored to study it so we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

    Ergo it’s inevitable. Materialism wins again…

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    Gregory says:

    Well, ‘Soviet’ means ‘council’ in English and there was much music, art and literature in the USSR.

    Regarding Hungarians, Ervin Laszlo writes about ‘evolution’ in a ‘wild and outrageously creative’ way. E.g. “Evolution: The Grand Synthesis” (1987). He continues to work on building ‘spirituality’ together with ‘evolutionism,’ now at his new Giordano Bruno – Global Shift University. (And he believes in E.T. on the cosmic scale!)

    Bela Banathy was a Hungarian-American, who attempted to fuse ‘design’ and ‘evolution,’ e.g. “Evolution Guided by Design: A Systems Perspective” (1998), though he wasn’t a biologist.

    But there is a Romanian-American I find even more fascinating in/for the current ‘controversy’ over design (leaving aside the controversy over evolution).

    And one might also think Ludwig von Bertalanffy would figure into more writing about ‘intelligent design,’ given the available links between systems thinking, cybernetics, information theory and design.

    With the quoted photographer it is agreed that once one involves human creativity, reflecting imago Dei, the term/paradigm/theory ‘evolution’ leaves much to be desired (at both scientific and post- or pre-scientific levels). I wonder, however, would Laszlo Bencze wish to suggest that the USSR or say the Austro-Hungarian Empire or the USA today was not ‘designed’ or ‘planned’ using ‘wild and outrageous’ human creativity?

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    Gregory says:

    p.s. nice call with the anthropic, Jon – but in that case, ‘materialism’ doesn’t win…

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    Blue_Savannah says:

    How beautiful!! I think we can add poet to Mr Bencze’s résumé!

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    tjguy says:

    Yes, it must be tough to be an atheist. You have to deny reality every day. All day every day wherever you look, you see evidence of design, but your worldview forces you to deny it, to ignore it, and to keep reminding yourself that what you are seeing is nothing more than an illusion.

    Recognizing the Creator sure does make the world more beautiful!

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    Laszlo says:

    I’m not sure how Gregory surmises I would suggest that various governments are not designed or planned with human creativity. Of course they are. And as he no doubt agrees with me, such human creativity is a reflection of God’s creativity. It is one of the main ways in which we humans resemble God and are hence made in the imago dei.

    Thanks to all for your comments! And a special thanks to Blue Savannah for her kind words.

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