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Is the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? posted 09 September 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by Alric, Auditor

Interesting conversation so far. There has been a little bit of a whole lot expressed in the many responses. There has been Scientific Realism, Nihilism, Post-Structuralism, creationism vs evolution, even a little Christian Apologetics.

Let me address the original question first. Are we inclined to believe in some sort of primary orginator(s) outside the realm of chance and chaos? Yes, I point to the overwhelming evidence of history to show that each and every society, that we have reasonable information on, had some sort of rationalization of existence that included a God or primary being. While these images and stories varied, the fact that humans of all sorts and in all locations held to these stories should weigh strongly on the nature of our thought process. We seem to be designed to seek out some source, some meaning or process that explains origination and purpose. Pre-scientific people obviously explained things mystically. Science is the active seeking of knowledge and understanding of the world and universe around us.

Now, I have no problems admitting that I am Christian, and as such believe that God created all things. However, I am not one that ascribes to the literalization of Genesis to form a psuedo-sceintific "theory" known as creationism. Now if you want to get into the different discussions around the biblical texts, pre-scientific creation myth vs scientific fact (Genesis creation as a factual step by step account), differences in understanding within the Christian community... well, that is another series of posts.

As a Christian, I have nothing against science, and in fact feel that science is a vital and important practice. I agree Scott, that science offers a great deal and that as an approach that is self-corrective, or at least it is when working properly, is a great deal more useful in discussion and study than blind fanaticism. However, science is not without it's certain delusional blind spots on occasion. All human endevours are, as we are truly incapable of true objective disconnection.

Evolution is a wonderful theory, a theory that carries a lot of weight, a theory that is becoming ever more political within the scientific community it seems. Now, I certainly believe that animals/organisms can change and adapt over time due to genetic mutation, adaption, etc. However, I recognize that evolutionary theory has gaps in it as well. I look to some of the more recent developments and studies being produced by those supporting a somewhat newer scientific theory termed Intelligent Design. Now, I want to point out that this is not a Christian theory, though many Christian scientists do work in this area, but a scientific one where meta-physical discussion is left behind, at least for the most part. I do not bring this up to criticize evolution so much as I bring it up as a point that science does look at itself when new and conflicting evidence comes to light. It is really quite exciting.

Anyway, I thought I'd weigh in since Larry (Aldarion) has been prodding me to get involved in these discussion. Thanks, Larry. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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