Can the Ultimate Question be Answered?
This whole thing we call SCIENCE is based on the concept of "knowing." And knowing something has its foundation in the asking of questions... and seeking the answers with an open and inquisitive mind is standard and acceptable protocol.
When serious scientific endeavor is undertaken in any area, the people involved often reach conclusions about the initial question, but are left when one more question to pursue.
The origin and/or design of life is an ongoing pursuit that has resulted in an increasingly dichotomous philosophical approach to determining the answers to questions like, "how did life begin?" and "how do living things develop?"
The pursuit of those questions ultimately focus on the concept of God either exists or does not exist.
Very intelligent scientists and other thinkers reside on either side of that argument. On one side we have the following.
- Richard Dawkins
- Charles Darwin
- Christopher Hitchens
- Stephen Hawking
- Richard Feynman
- Carl Sagan
Pursuing the alternate approach are those listed below.
- Francis Schaeffer
- Charles Colson
- Kent Hovind
- Michael Behe
- William Dembski
- C. S. Lewis
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to choose at least one person from each list and research their fundamental beliefs about the origin, development and purpose of life. Then you are to compare their beliefs to the opposing view, finally assessing the strength and weaknesses inherent in each approach.
Some rhetorical questions might arise.
- Do any of the arguments presented support or enhance your own philosophical viewpoints?
- Are your viewpoints placed in doubt by any of the ideas you read?
- What questions would you like to ask any of the above people if possible?
As you read and research this assignment, feel free (obligated?) to respond or post in the spaces below.