Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Man Who May One-Up Darwin

On a sunny afternoon, at a bustling cafe less than a mile from Stanford University’s Palo Alto campus and more than 5,000 miles from his home, an assistant professor from MIT is telling me about science. Very advanced science. His name is Jeremy England, and at 33, he’s already being called the next Charles Darwin.

Say what?

In town to give a lecture, the Harvard grad and Rhodes scholar speaks quickly, his voice rising a few pitches in tone, his long-fingered hands making sudden jerks when he’s excited. He’s skinny, with a long face, scraggly beard and carelessly groomed mop of sandy brown hair — what you might expect from a theoretical physicist. But then there’s the street-style Adidas on his feet and the kippah atop his head. And the fact that this scientist also talks a lot about God.
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The author is a bit unfamiliar with the issue: "While Christianity and Darwinism are generally opposed, Judaism doesn't take issue with the science of life."

Well if we look at the last century of Church documents, I don't think we can say that Catholicism is opposed to biological evolution. "Darwinism" can also connotate defined also is a religious philosophy at least in the US, similar to how scientists ascribe to something like "Spinozism."

Point being, "Intelligent Design" does not "prove" God exists.

Abbot Gregor Mendel (1822-84), Augustinian friar and founder
of genetics. Together with Darwin, he laid the groundwork for the
study of life sciences in the twentieth century.
Or how about Cardinal John Henry Newman(writing to a priest):
As to the Divine Design, is it not an instance of incomprehensibly and infinitely marvelous Wisdom and Design to have given certain laws to matter millions of ages ago, which have surely and precisely worked out, in the long course of those ages, those effects which He from the first proposed. Mr. Darwin's theory need not then to be atheistical, be it true or not; it may simply be suggesting a larger idea of Divine Prescience and Skill. Perhaps your friend has got a surer clue to guide him than I have, who have never studied the question, and I do not [see] that 'the accidental evolution of organic beings' is inconsistent with divine design—It is accidental to us, not to God.[29]

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