Friday, December 23, 2005

The God of the Gaps Argument.

The argument goes like this:

Some Theists point to areas of biology that have not yet been explained in detail in terms of natural causes and say …the fact that we cannot explain this as a result of natural causes is evidence that God did it.

The GAP in our knowledge is evidence that we need another explanation.

ID is not simply a God of the gaps argument….and it is by no means clear to me that evidence that some gaps have been explained using natural causes is the same as proof that all gaps in our knowledge will be filled by natural causes.

If we dismiss the appearance of design in nature as merely an appearance and convince ourselves that it really can be explained as a natural chance phenomenon how do we know that we have not missed real intelligent design?

Evolution did not predict extraordinary complexity at the threshold of life and it struggles to adapt itself to explain it away.

Papering over the cracks and sweeping the problem out of the public gaze is not the best way to face up to the nature of nature.

1 Comments:

Blogger geoffrobinson said...

I've been noticing a lot more Darwin of the gaps arguments lately.

6:16 pm  

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