Flotsam and jetsam (5/11)

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  • Evolution Is a Lousy Story: While admitting that human existence is bursting with plot and story, the grand scheme of scientific naturalism is plotless, or perhaps better the plot is anchored in futility. We exist as sentient beings constrained by the laws of physics and in some 7 or 8 billion years the earth will die as the sun dies.  More than this, the expansion of the universe will eventually reach a point where life anywhere will be completely impossible. Not only will each individual die along the way, but life itself will simply vanish – no more sentient beings to wonder about the plot.
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  • Man vs. Goose (now with lightsabers). Lightsabers make everything better.

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5 Responses to “Flotsam and jetsam (5/11)”

  1. Eluros Aabye May 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Thanks for the links!

    The “Evolution is a Lousy Story” description was a bit misleading, though. The quote you gave was in a larger context:

    “While admitting that human existence is bursting with plot and story, the grand scheme of scientific naturalism is plotless, or perhaps better the plot is anchored in futility. We exist as sentient beings constrained by the laws of physics and in some 7 or 8 billion years the earth will die as the sun dies. More than this, the expansion of the universe will eventually reach a point where life anywhere will be completely impossible. Not only will each individual die along the way, but life itself will simply vanish – no more sentient beings to wonder about the plot.

    But this isn’t evolution – it is a narrative wrapped around the empirical observations. It may be true or not – but it contains implicit metaphysical assumptions about the nature of all reality.”

    He goes on to argue,

    “evolutionary creation is not at odds with the plot of the story. God’s creation grows and unfolds – not in a purposeless and random fashion, but in accord with God’s plan and purpose. There is a plot in the unfolding of creation from big bang, to the formation of earth, through the development of life, to the appearance of the first humans. The natural explanations alone, whether accurate or not, will always be incomplete because they leave out the author of it all.

    Evolution alone is a lousy story, but evolution as God’s method of creation makes a great story.”

    Putting the article in context greatly changes its meaning from what your quote implied. :-)

  2. JohnMark May 12, 2012 at 5:54 am #

    The force is strong with that goose.

  3. Marc Cortez May 12, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Eluros, my apologies if the excerpt that I chose gave a misleading impression of the article. I certainly didn’t mean to suggest that the post was anti-evolution – it’s clearly not! I just thought this paragraph did a nice job of explaining why he thinks that scientific naturalism (i.e. evolution w/out God) is plotless. So I’m glad you went on to read the post itself.

  4. Eluros Aabye May 14, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Marc,

    Thanks for your kind response. I definitely appreciate the link, and am glad that you responded. It was certainly a good read.

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