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Military Observer>pleas explain to me what you mea...

2007-07-27T13:33:00.000+08:00

Military Observer>pleas explain to me what you mean by universal common descent.As I state in my `FAQ' post, "What I believe about Creation, Evolution and Design" under "Common ancestry," what I mean by "universal common ancestry" is that "all life on Earth, both living and dead, shared a single common ancestor at the origin of life. And that thereafter all life has descended with modification from that single common ancestor.">Sounds like you believe in guided evolution?There is no such thing as "guided evolution" just as there is no such thing as a "square circle". If the origin and development of life on Earth was "guided" then it would be a forms of creation not "evolution". The essential cidea of "evolution" is that it is unguided. As the National Association of Biology Teachers defined "evolution", in its "official `Statement on Teaching Evolution'" it is "an unsupervised, impersonal, unpredictable, and natural process" which "rules God out of the picture" (my emphasis):"The claim that evolution is purposeless and undirected has become almost an article of faith among evolutionary biologists. For example, the official `Statement on Teaching Evolution' from the National Association of Biology Teachers describes evolution as `an unsupervised, impersonal, unpredictable, and natural process.' That pretty much rules God out of the picture." (Cartmill, M., "Oppressed by Evolution," Discover, Vol. 19, No. 3, March 1998).The "standard scientific theory" of evolution is that "God had no part in this process" (my emphasis):"Facing such a reality, perhaps we should not be surprised at the results of a 2001 Gallup poll confirming that 45 percent of Americans believe `God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so'; 37 percent prefer a blended belief that `human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process'; and a paltry 12 percent accept the standard scientific theory that `human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process.'" (Shermer, M.B., "The Gradual Illumination of the Mind," Scientific American, February 2002. My emphasis) As I then go on to say in my `FAQ', "But that modification was by both supernatural and natural means" (my emphasis). But no leading evolutionist from Darwin to the present would accept that God intervening supernaturally in the origin and development of life was "evolution." As I concluded that section of my `FAQ': "Common ancestry is therefore not necessarily evolution, since as Dawkins (quoting Darwin) pointed out, God could have intervened supernaturally "at any one stage of descent" in which case it "was not evolution at all" but was in fact "divine creation" (Dawkins, R., "The Blind Watchmaker," 1986, pp.248-249,317)! See my posts of 23-Sep-05, 04-Jan-06, 16-Nov-05, 27-May-06, 30-May-06, 20-Jun-06, 11-Aug-06, 02-Aug-06, 27-Aug-06, 04-Nov-06, 31-Dec-06, 17-Feb-07, 26-Mar-07 & 30-March-07."I also state in the same `FAQ' that my position is "Progressive Mediate Creation," which "holds that, as per Genesis 1, God created ex nihilo (out of nothing) the raw materials of the Universe (Gen. 1:1). Thereafter (Gen. 1:2-31) God created by the making and forming of those raw materials, both supernaturally and naturally, through secondary causes."Stephen E. Jones[...]



pleas explain to me what you mean by universal com...

2007-07-27T12:10:00.000+08:00

pleas explain to me what you mean by universal common descent. Sounds like you believe in guided evolution?