I am no expert when it comes to scientific evolution, nor in most other matters in our large universe, but I do have to say that I find the above statement philosophically problematic.
Well, let’s talk about it, then.
How exactly do the lesser beings “design”?
Because creatures, unlike God, are not all-knowing, and have to figure things out. Hence we don’t just act, we must first consider and plan. God has no need of this.
If the statement is to be taken prima facie, as I believe that it was intended, I would have to reply that lesser beings (that is, anything that is not God)
No, not anything. “Lesser beings design.” “People play soccer.” Are both true, but neither says “all being design” or “all people play soccer.” Does that help? Keep in mind, humans are not the only creatures that design. Apes and some birds build tools, for example, and we see signs of planning and problem solving in a number of birds and mammals, which cannot be explained as reflexive or instinctive.
We (all created things) are what we were created by God, and in the many and various genera and species, there is not the ability in any of us to say (with any realized effect), “OK, I’m going to need to grow blue whiskers in order to deal with my balance problems when I’m walking on the high wire.”
God did give us (and some other creatures) the ability to design, however.
I would add that it is not an off-the-wall thought (IMO) that God directs the “evolution” of created things (if, indeed, this is how things take place).* If this is not the case, then what directs it?
I notice that there’s a sudden shift from “design” to “direct.”
I think you would have to (as do atheistic evolution theories)
I’m not aware of any “atheistic evolution theories”; there are atheistic evolution beliefs, but a theory is unable to consider the existence of God.
submit that it’s just a random process
Even scientists who are atheists will remind you that evolution is not random.
So, in the end, I think my response is, if God didn’t design it, then who did?
God created it. No one designed it. Remember, our God is omnipotent.
The IDers, I think know this too. They are just trying to disguise God as “the designer” in order to sneak Him into public school. Another insult. He’s already there, and people are freely praying to Him there, so long as the school doesn’t get involved.
I think that its problematic to assert that God just threw a bunch of (themselves random at this juncture) particles together and said, “Oh wow, look at that; look what I did and didn’t even mean to. How interesting.”
Me too. That scenario is a lot closer to design than creation.
The level of “hands-on” activity by God is a more difficult question, in that He could very well direct the evolution of creatures through the evolutionary process itself
You must remember that every tiniest particle and force in the universe is the result of God’s involvement. If He turned His attention away from us, we would not even exist.
…God creates according to natures and laws which act according to the nature given them by Him (Thomistic “action follows from being”), it could be said that the evolutionary process is one that acts according to laws established by God in guiding His creatures to their natural perfection (since all creatures seek the good [perfection], in this case, evolution’s [natural, not willed] good would be the natural perfection of the creature). That is, evolution itself is acting as it was established by God,
All natures laws are God’s actions. We sometimes think of them as self-propelled, but they are just God acting in a consistent and regular way. This allows us to live because it makes the universe consistent and predictable.
But I don’t think that it could be said that this is happening as if evolution has its own mind
Of course. Nature is uncaring, unthinking. It is merely a tool in the hands of God.
it cannot be random.
That was Darwin’s great discovery. Contingency plays a part, but as Pope Benedict says, God can use contingency as easily as anything else. So what appears random to us, does not necessarily mean unpredictable to Him.
If it is random, it is not of God, if it is not of God, it is not.
Quantum events are irreducibly random, and yet they are of God.