Return of the God Hypothesis: A Biologist’s Reflections

@DarrelFalk responds to the biology in Stephen Meyer’s new book, Return of the God Hypothesis. Have you read it? What conclusions did you come to? Did you find the same common ground and divergences?

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The theme of the meeting was that classic gene-based studies of how evolution works were giving a far-too-narrow picture of how the process of evolution has taken place. There is simply much more to the story than that—which emerges when the focus is on genes; a more holistic approach is required. Darrell Falk from review of the book

Thank you Dr. Falk for a helpful review, but I think that you have missed a very important point, which is at this important meeting there was to be an unspoken criticism, not of evolution in general, but of Dawkins’ concept of the Selfish Gene.

Dawkins is the one claiming that evolution is all about genes and linear rather than holistic. Also Dawkins claims without basis that the universe is hostile to life, so logically it cannot be the source of life.

Therefore I would conclude that while there is no crisis in evolutionary theory as a whole, there is a crisis, or should be a crisis among these biologists who insist that Dawkins gene centric view is right. It is a not.

BioLogos needs to get with the new scientific holistic thinking that goes beyond the old materialistic thought. Our conflict is not with “design” but old thinking that defines design too narrowly.

This saddens me deeply because I share his view that natural laws describe the ongoing sustaining activity of God. From the review.

Did God use natural laws to guide evolution to create humanity? If not, why not?

New scientific thinking is more holistic and thus must include ecology as the way that God guides evolution. It is not blind or without purpose, which makes Dawkins wrong scientifically and philosophically. Dawkins is the problem, not evolution. Sadly too many people think that Dawkins is evolution.

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@HRankin Thanks for sharing this. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Guess I’ll have to provide some dissent here I read it and quite liked it I have enjoyed his work I think it’s good that they are talking about God I found the Science and Faith part to be very interesting.

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New podcast episode with Stephen Meyer out now!

Soooo, what is the common ground?

We both think there are limits to science. We both think that the origin of the universe and fine tuning cry out for a non-scientific explanation (and both of us think these don’t “prove” there is a god). We both think there is a personal God who loves us.
That’s not nothing!

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Indeed Sir! I, as you’d expect, push back that neither the natural eternal originator of universes nor the prevenient self tuning of energy eternally being grounded in to being that precedes that, cries out beyond nature. I believe in an omnipathic God too, the warrant being Jesus, our Earth local Incarnation of God. I push back because of the single greatest fact: the steady state from eternity. The eternal harmony is built on the measured notes of c, G, h and a few others and God could be omming them if they don’t just damp down, crystallize out at the vertices of existence, which include the prevenient, derivable laws of physics. We’ll know when we stand again. Or may be we will come up with laws that fix c, G, h etc.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” -Colossians 4:6

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