Two new websites about evolution & religion
The BioLogos website leans towards theistic evolution (The Questions):
1. How is BioLogos different from Theistic Evolution, Intelligent Design and Creationism?
BioLogos is most similar to Theistic Evolution. Theism is the belief in a God who cares for and interacts with the creation. Theistic Evolution, therefore, is the belief that evolution is the way by which God created life.
BioLogos defines "evolution" as follows:
2. What is evolution?
Simply put, the term evolution means a change over time. For example, one might say that laptop computers have evolved over the past decade. But when biologists use the term, they refer to the entire history of life on Earth.
IMO that is an incomplete definition of the term "evolution." The Latin root for "evolve" means "unrolling" or "unfolding," so the term "evolution" implies development, improvement or a pattern of change (e.g., the evolution of stars), as distinguished from random change.
Contrary to some interpretations, Intelligent Design, or ID, makes no specific theological claims.
LOL. Tell that to that stupid bozo Judge "Jackass" Jones!
l Proponents of ID only argue that “certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection."
BioLogos is quoting the Discovery Institute here. IMO the term "intelligent design" is unfortunate because it implies the existence of an "intelligent" -- possibly supernatural -- designer and because it implies that some living things were "intelligently designed" or are the result of intelligent causes. To me, ID is just the study of whether the combination of natural genetic variation and natural selection is sufficient to account for the complexity and diversity of living things.
This definition can be confusing because Theistic Evolutionists also believe an intelligent being created the world.
There is little difference between Michael Behe's ID and Ken Miller's theistic evolution, but Judge "Jackass" Jones ruled that the former is unconstitutional but the latter is not.
Theistic Evolutionists, however, also believe evolution by natural selection is the process God used to create. Although advocates of ID do not disagree that evolution is change over time, they deny the biological process of evolution by natural selection could account for the present complexity of life forms on Earth.
More than just natural selection is needed -- genetic variation is also needed. And many ID advocates do not deny the effectiveness of natural selection -- they only deny that natural causes are sufficient to produce the necessary genetic variation.
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