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...... this Omega thing sounds like a rip-off of deChardin (very popular with us young Jesuits in the early 60s)

It certainly is derivative, though with 1990's cosmology thrown in.

I find it unfortunate that so much time is being spent discussing the pseudo-science of Behe, Dembski and the discovery institute. I give credit to the Catholic church and the major protestant denominations for having the sense to not embrace these guys. Nevertheless, their visibility in the public eye will, I think, ultimately hurt the credibility of the Christian churches in general.

For a scientifically credible criticism of neo-Darwinian evolution one should read Fred Hoyle's "Mathematics of Evolution".

What I think is the really interesting issue in the conflict between creationism and evolution is the one that deChardin and more recently Tipler and Robert Wright wrote about. This is whether evolution, both biological and cultural, is random or directed. And by directed I don't mean in the sense of angels stepping in periodically to make flagella for bacteria (what an odd theology!). I mean directed in that the universe is constructed in a way to achieve a particular result.

This is where I think the creationist can make a credible argument. It certainly was enough to shift both Frank Tipler and Antony Flew to theism.
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