Perhaps what I was trying to say wasn’t clear. I’m not asking you why God had to work within the Universe as it is, in order to create life. My understanding of your views is that you think God is all-powerful and wise? Yes?
In human relative terms, yes.
So let me rephrase the question more clearly. Why would the all-powerful Creator choose to create a Universe where He would use evolution? Why would evolution be part of the design? Why? That is what I am asking you.
Because it works? because it is a a most effective? because if it wasn't evolution what esle would it be?
You see, if I hadn’t read your posts on other subjects, I would start to think that you are doing what other Christians do. They see the evidence that evolution is almost irrefutable. They recognise that this frankly undermines the entire Creation account. And so, in an act of intellectual desperation, they state that God used evolution. And they say this with no proof whatsoever. Unless you can show me, I understand that Genesis refers to creation of a man and woman, separately from the rest of the animal creation? No? What possible Biblical reference is there to the possibility of evolution?
Genesis, as a literal and concrete story ie: science, was NOT how it was viewed untill, perhaps ( arguably) mcuh later.
ST Augustine in the late 300's wrote about NOT taking Genesis as literal and forcing OUR interpretations into the creation story.
They also refuse to answer the question – why would a loving God choose a form, a process of creation, that consigns 98% of species to extinction? Or is this God not that bothered about the rest of the animals? Do they not matter?
If life as we know it is just this, perhaps, but if ALL life was just a question of matter and energy and no life is every really "extinct", perhaps not.
I don't know that God does use evolution or why God is "ok" with the extrinction of billions of species, I can't begin to fathom the mind of the creator of the universe.
In short, it would have been far more sensible, if God existed, for him to create the Universe, and then the rest of the creation more directly, as Genesis states. It would “harmonise” with the “personality” of this God. And, I suspect, that’s what our Middle Eastern goat-herders thought. It makes sense. God created us. We are special. And they meant it to be taken literally.
I think you are putting a spin on Genesis that you feel comfortbale with but Iagree that HOW Genesis was told, was aimed at ancient man so that ancient man could understand with his very limited knowledge of the world, much less the universe.
Can you imagine God explaing evolution to ancient man when its hard enough to explain it to modern man?
But if we look at the story of genesis, we see a far closer reality to what we know then what we would have expected from ancient man.
There was no reason to believe the universe had a beginning, no reason to believe that all was created from the some "stuff", that man came after the animals, etc, etc.