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    Default Evolution and Eastern Orthodoxy - dedicated to the "Woodsman"

    This is a very complex subject for which even some reputable scientists fail to agree. But for the most part they certainly do agree at least where microevolution is concerned. The difficulty that many Western Christians have with Macroevolution seems to be concentrated among various Evangelicals, particularly those of the "Fundamentalist" category. Mercifully I was never deep into any of that.

    The Orthodox also have problems with the assertion of what seems to be the present-day scientific consensus on Macroevolution, specifically that ALL life on the Earth originated from a single cell. I personally find that assertion extremely problematical and really don't concern myself with it. A little over 100 years ago scientists thought the Universe was stable - then they discovered that it was expanding. Given time they'll learn more.

    I'll simply accept the Patristic consensus as to the origin of life - and man in particular - until scientists discover far more about the universe and life itself. Perhaps at that time the majority of them won't be so determined to accept randomness and dismiss the idea of a Designer.

    Before I post numerous documents and hyperlinks,
    Woodsman, I want you to read the attached.
    It expresses the very heart of Orthodoxy, and having experienced the numinous and miraculous in my own life leads me to focus upon the "one thing needful" (St. Luke 10:41-42) - and avoid the arguments of prejudiced 'fundamentalists' on both sides of the divide.

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