In a message dated 1/16/00 5:22:10 PM Central Standard Time,
> If, for the sake of argument, we adopt Aristotle's distinction
> between "final" and "formal" causes, it is possible to assert that
> nature as we observe it appears to be the "effect" of a pattern
> of causes having a formal property without implying teleology.
Yes, and viewing evolution in this way can make studying natural science all
the more thrilling. But "design" without teleology isn't what the theistic
"argument from design" has in mind at all.
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