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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.


there's a kind of quasi-continuum:

Universe just is.
Universe created and left alone.
Universe created such that certain kinds of things likely, but left alone
Universe created such that very specific things would happen, but no intervention needed
Universe created a specific intended & some intervention ( 'let's give bacteria flagella', 'let's make people', 'let's play a joke on Abraham' ) required.


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