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Intelligent Design, Front-Loading, and Theistic Evolution


Over at Evolution News & Views, Dr. Jay Richards is weighing in with his thoughts on Signature In The Cell, in response to the beginning of a series of thoughtful reviews and discussion of the book over on Scott McKnight's Jesus Creed blog at Beliefnet.

Richards responds in part:

I'm familiar with McGrath and Conway Morris's views, and think they have some merit; but I don't think they offer an alternative that Meyer fails to address. Smoothing for inconsistencies in their proposals, their idea is basically that God hard-wired or "front-loaded" everything "in the beginning" as it were to give rise to complex life somewhere, while allowing for a lot of "freedom" and variation within the cosmos. (So they're not hard determinists.)

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