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Are there strains or signs of new conceptual maps of evolution that have caught traction in the scientific community?  Is it now understood, due to DNA mapping, that man did not descend from the apes? Or is this still a bone of contention?


It appears that for many the term "intelligent design" has become a code word for a personal God.


It is indeed, but Gerry, do you think it is worth it to still use the term "intelligent design" or something like it, while strongly showing the difference between the thought of the creative personal god in intelligent design from what the traditional teachings have to say? Almost every person I've gotten into a conversation with that necessitated my opinion on modern speculations of the origin of man, e.g., the other always assumes (suspects) that I'm a creationist. Even if you use the word 'intelligent design' to make the difference, the person still automatically assumes the idea of a personal god is apart of that. Plus, science students or enthusiasts I've known seem to see anything not Darwinist or evolutionist as utterly not worthy of time to understand. I am beginning to use other alternative terms something like progressive emanationism, but I don't know if that solves much. It helps to make distinctions, but I would like to see the term intelligent design saved from its present misunderstanding. 


Extremely helpful.  Thank you.


Good point Dominique.  The concept of Intelligent Design has great meaning from a Theosophical standpoint.  We have the Platonic idea of Nous that lends itself to this cause.  But Christian fundamentalists have kind of co-opted the term in their battle to get the Bible into Science classes.  So I don't have a good answer.  I wonder what others think.  The Secret Doctrine certainly provides the alternative to mindless physical evolution and creationism of orthodox religion.

"It appears that for many the term "intelligent design" has become a code word for a personal God."

I agree. However I don't think the creationists are considering the potential outcome of such a strategy. A grade school student that is shown the empirical evidence for intelligent design in Nature might end up forming a pantheistic conception. Oops.

Just wanted to toss in one of my favorite quotes on the subject, from the Secret Doctrine:

No Occultist would deny that man -- no less than the elephant and the microbe, the crocodile and the lizard, the blade of grass or the crystal -- is, in his physical formation, the simple product of the evolutionary forces of nature through a numberless series of transformations; but he puts the case differently.
It is not against zoological and anthropological discoveries, based on the fossils of man and animal, that every mystic and believer in a divine soul inwardly revolts, but only against the uncalled-for conclusions built on preconceived theories and made to fit in with certain prejudices. Their premises may or may not be always true; and as some of these theories live but a short life, the deductions therefrom must ever be one-sided with materialistic evolutionists. SD 1:636-37

I think we can see that theosophy doesn't deny darwinian evolution, per se, but only seeks to put it in its proper place and call it what it truly is: transformation and adaptation. Evolution is much more than these mechanisms, though they undoubtedly play a role. The problem is only that scientists take one minor aspect of evolution and mistake it for the whole.

I also think a theosophical version of "intelligent design" is far different than a monotheistic one. Our "creators", in my understanding, cannot create whatever they wish - they must 'create' within the limits imposed upon them by the fundamental principles of the universe. For instance, 'creators' couldn't just decide, willy-nilly, to create a 27-fold Man; no, they must create a sevenfold Man because that is the structure of the universe to which he belongs. They're bound by laws as much as we are. Monotheistic 'creationism' imposes no limits on their creator's abilities, giving him the power over all laws, which of course is philosophic nonsense.


Here's a very good interview with Stephen Meyer, discussing ID and Darwin's Doubt.