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More Bono and Bill

Posted: February 16, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Bono & Bill

Posted: February 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

As a long time fan of U2 -I narrowly missed seeing them on there October tour heres an excelent interview with Willow Creek Pastor Bill Hybels

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John Angus Campbell on the a priori assumptions  of Charles Darwin :

What is most revolutionary about Darwin’s Origin is not simply his case for natural selection… or his case for evolution itself. The other, and equally important, revolution going on within his argument for species change is his case for naturalism, which slides insensibly between an innocent methodological precept and a prior metaphysical commitment… The first step in Darwin’s case for metaphysical naturalism… was taken in his flyleaf citations, all of which identified the ordinary mode of divine activity with natural laws. Implicitly and in chapter 2 explicitly, Darwin was laying the foundations for a revolutionary philosophy of science… when Darwin was having a difficult time with an explanation or when he was particularly keen on the reader’s realizing the consequences of a refusal to accept an explanation, he would sometimes draw on the reader’s partial commitment to naturalism to negotiate yet further commitments. At some points Darwin would simply equate naturalistic explanations – evolutionary case histories with the blanks filled in by an ‘it must have been’ story-line – with reality itself.

Leaning on  presuppositions when the data isn’t there is natural to us all, we fill in the gaps-this though is not what science is concerned with ; Science wants objective data,wants  calculated  probability and to narrow the gaps empirically.

Of  course there must be a naturalistic explanation  to the origin of  life; to the increase in information within biological systems across the phyla; to the origin of a code, a system to translate and transcribe that code and keep the fidelity of that code high, The origin of a  means of replicating that code and the origin of a system of controlling expression of that code.

Recently on tv I heard some die hard evolutionists defend themselves against the claim that they were arrogant-they said ‘we are arrogant because we are right!’ Being right  for them means an exclusively closed universe -with no possibility of a supernatural agent.

They presume there metanarative is correct because for them its the only game in town -nothing else is there,the same unproven presumption Campbell says Darwins gradually introduced into his theory.