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Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution (P.S.) Paperback – April 3, 2007
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Miller considers first the arguments of young-earth creationists (Whitcome and Morris, Duane Gish, et al.) and answers these with an avalanche of scientific evidence. He then examines in two chapters the claims of old-earth creationists, especially Philip Johnson (who stresses a lack of transitional forms in the fossil record) and Michael Behe (who identifies what he considers are "irreducably complex" biochemical machines in the cell). In his careful analysis of these views, Miller helps the reader appreciate how both approaches are, in effect, misguided attempts to defend creation with a "God of the gaps." Each offers examples which, the authors hope, defy explanation by modern science. This (temporary) inability of modern science is then taken as evidence in support of the work of the Creator at that point. Miller shows the consistent failure of this mode of argumentation in the past and cites evidence published since the appearance of Johnson's and Behe's writings, which, unfortunately for them, fills in their hoped-for gaps.
One of the greatest dangers of a God of the gaps argument, Miller notes, is that each time science succeeds in filling one of these alleged gaps its success is misconstrued by atheistic scientists as proof that God must not exist.Read more ›
Kenneth Miller's philosophical arguments about why evolution is consistent with the existence of God is not quite as well argued, however. His opinion, in a nutshell, is that God provided the universe with the properties that made the eventual formation of intelligent life extremely likely. The mechanism of evolution made it probable that at least one species would become advanced enough to be able to recognize and have a relationship with a creator, and that evolution was essential in the development of "free will" that would make individuals have a choice in choosing or rejecting the creator. Of course there is no scientific evidence to support this, but Mr. Miller does raise some interesting points with this argument. However, it seems to me that this would be an unsatisfactory argument to someone who wishes to have an "active" God in their individual lives who can intervene on their behalf. In addition, Mr.Read more ›
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Dr. Collins does a very thorough job of evaluating and responding to errors he has found in creationist arguments against evolution as well as debunking atheistic attempts to use... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Barbara
There does not have to be a disconnect between evolution and religion. Many Christian faiths have to objection to the theory. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JMack
I really enjoyed this book. The author does a very good job of presenting creationist arguments relatively convincingly and then rebutting them with his own scientific knowledge,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ben K.
I've seen a clip of Miller on the Colbert Show where he repeated RCC dogma, namely "Jesus Christ is the Creator of all that is, seen and unseen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Trish
Can you believe in God without closing your eyes (and mind) to the irrefutable truths Science has revealed about the natural world? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was the first book I had read about theistic evolution, after an upsetting encounter with young-earth creationism in my Christian church. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carl Drews
Accessible but at times densely argued book that seeks to bridge the gap between materialist evolutionists and believers. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen Hughes