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Engineering God in a Petri Dish - Keats' project asks some serious scientific questions -- and no small number of religious ones: If evolutionary theory is accurate, then God's genetic makeup should most resemble Earth's first life forms. Or, if creationists are right, then God's DNA is more like the life forms he created in his own image.

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Surfer Wrote the following on 11/11/2004 00:06 AM :
A group of scientists finally created life in the labratory. God was so impressed and interested in what his creations has accomplished that he entered the lab and looked around.

The senior scientists said "We don't need you any more, God. We can create life. You should take a vacation."

God smiled. "Wow, can you show me?"

The scientist grinned smugly and reached into an isolated container and grabbed a handful of dirt.

God placed a hand on his shoulder. "No, get your own dirt..."


Surfer Wrote the following on 11/11/2004 00:08 AM :
Seriously though, why would a creator need to follow the laws of physics or genetics of a universe he supposedly created? That doesn't quite make sense to me...


Nony Wrote the following on 11/11/2004 01:43 AM :
Patriot will enlighten us!


codewolf Wrote the following on 11/11/2004 01:54 AM :
No, this is taking a god attitude to science, it's silly in the scientific sense. god didn't create anything, and certainly not in a dish, god created everyone and he wants you to eat little wafers of bread to prove it, washed down with his blood, er, wine, cheap wine... and while you swallow that, chew on some dead bodies of Bush's war....


Patriot Wrote the following on 11/11/2004 09:11 AM :
Well, if the perception is - I am trying to force my beliefs about the Creator on you simply because I enjoy discussing this topic and I have strong beliefs, then let me get off your sensitive spiritual toes! Whatsoever do you folks do when someone has a different opinion about where to go to dinner? Heaven forbid someone force their gastro-culinary opinions on you! I think Surfer understood the context and my approach to the debate - belief is not proof, but it is necessary for knowledge. Further - belief itself is not sufficient for knowledge to exist, but it is necessary. What does all this mean - "I know, because I believe and my belief is strengthended by what I know". With that concept in mind, on a go-forward basis, can we approach the discussion with the attitude that ALL OF US are free to believe or not believe what we choose, but the propositional knowledge (about God, the constitution, political correctness, the war,etc) that each one of us brings to the table is open to logical argument and debate?


Surfer Wrote the following on 11/11/2004 11:34 AM :
Huh, what? When did I get called into this?

In any case, I always thought it was human arrogance that believed God (any god) must exist within the realms of physics of the universe he created, more specifically, the same laws of physics that we must adhere to. What proof do we have that he must? Studying stuff here on earth in a scientific manner won't give any proof (cause... it's earth stuff, not God). You might find something pointing to proof of existence, if you're lucky. And even then you can only come close and then you have to either make a logical jump to faith or correlate to historical texts. If the scientific stuff and the historical texts correspond, then you've got an indicator of sorts that you may be on to something. (I recently had reason to express this in words :) It wasn't something I had formalized up to that point, even though that process was what I was doing to a degree.)


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