Does God intervene in the evolutionary process? If so how? Those questions have been raised repeatedly on this forum. Here and elsewhere a much more frequent question is related to theodicy: How can God allow suffering and evil to exist? And finally, another common question: Does God answer prayer?
I wonder if these issues are closely related and have the same answer. The alternative answers to all are: 1. There is no God, so there is no intervention. 2. God set everything up at the beginning, and is long gone (deism), so there is no intervention. 3. God is ever present and intervenes when His purposes require it. The nature of His purposes, and the exact mechanisms of His intervention are, and will always be mysterious, although it might be possible to catch a glimpse of some of them, as pointers. 4. God continuously intervenes in all ways, but again the reasons and ways that He acts are beyond our possible comprehension.
I tend toward #3, but my real question is, do you agree that all of these questions do in fact have the same answer or is it likely that for example, answer #2 is correct for evolution (and for other laws of nature) while #3 is true for answering prayers?
My own bias is that whatever the answer is for any of these, it should be the same for all. By this logic, if its true that God answers prayers, then God does intervene (in the same mysterious way) in the evolutionary process. I don’t think this is a widespread view among TE/ECs, (including many at Biologos) but I am interested to see what others think.