Walton – Propositions 15 and 16


The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate, by John H. Walton.

What it says

Walton’s 15th proposition is: Current Debate About Intelligent Design Presumes Purpose

Walton does not believe in coincidence.  He quotes a character in an Orson Scott Card novel: “Coincidence is just a word we use when we have not yet discovered the cause. . . . It’s an illusion of the human mind, a way of saying, ‘I don’t know why this happened this way, and I have no intention of finding out.’” (the quote is from Card’s 1992 novel, The Call of Earth).

This, along with his emphasis on function and purpose in creation, would seem to put him in the Intelligent Design school of thought.  However, he criticizes the actual adherents of ID.  They claim to know too much and end up with a God-of-the-gaps theory.  The Neo-Darwinist opponents…

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