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Author Topic:   Kenneth R. Miller - Finding Darwin's God
Sylas
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Message 51 of 94 (168836)
12-16-2004 6:56 AM
Reply to: Message 50 by Bugtracker
12-16-2004 5:28 AM


Re: Miller not a theistic evolutionist
Bugtracker writes:

I am new to this board, and this is my first post. More than likely no one will read it since it appears this thread ended quite awhile ago. But I guess I'll try and see what happens:

Welcome! It is an interesting topic; and by adding a post you have "bumped" it to the top of the list of thread with new posts.

I have had dozens of conversations and email discussions with friends who are extremely intelligent and yet for some bizarre reason cannot except evolutionary principles. I have been fortunate on a couple of occasions to introduce them to Miller, and it allowed us to have much more fruitful conversations.

The reason for this is that Miller creates a safe haven for those who believe in the supernatural. because it allows them to see that evolution can coexixt quite nicely in thier universe.

I think you are right. Miller seems to present a view of God's divine creative activity as something continuous, expressed throughout time in sustaining of the natural world. Miller thus does not need to modify or deny any findings of conventional evolutionary biology, but sees it as a study of the natural world, created and sustained by God.

Whether Miller himself describes this as "theistic evolution" I do not know; but he is often described by others in those terms. A more detailed view of his theological perspective is available at Theological Implications of an Evolving Creation. In this essay, Miller endorses the term continuous creationist as expressing his view. Here is an extract:

The term "continuous creationist" has been used by both Wilcox and Moltmann as a useful label for a fully theistic view of creation involving a long uninterrupted creative history. According to this view God is continuously active in His creation through the processes that we investigate with our sciences.

Miller credits this term to:
Wilcox, David L., 1986, A taxonomy of Creation, Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation 38, p.244-250;
Moltmann, J├╝rgen, 1981, God in Creation, Harper & Row.

Cheers -- Sylas


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Sylas
Member (Idle past 4500 days)
Posts: 766
From: Newcastle, Australia
Joined: 11-17-2002


Message 55 of 94 (169185)
12-16-2004 10:47 PM
Reply to: Message 53 by Bugtracker
12-16-2004 2:31 PM


Re: W e l c o m e
Bugtracker writes:

One thing I am curious about though is how the copying quotes function operates. I'm sure you've probably explained it a million times and won't ask you to repeat it, but if you could just direct me to where I can find out that would be great.

Check out Message 1 for a collections of hints. Use the raw text button at the bottom of any post to see how others format things.

Cheers -- Sylas


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Sylas
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Message 57 of 94 (174289)
01-06-2005 1:23 AM
Reply to: Message 56 by Andya Primanda
12-23-2004 2:47 PM


Re: Miller not a theistic evolutionist
Oops... thanks! I had a closer look. Keith Miller sounds like an interesting person. I had not heard of him previously.

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