We discussed the nature of “layered explanations.” For example, suppose there’s a pot of boiling water on the stove and someone asks, “Why is the water boiling?” One could respond: 1) by explaining to the person how heat pushes water molecules into an excited state we call boiling; 2) by telling the person, “I turned on the stove”; or 3) by telling the person “I wanted tea.” These are not incompatible explanations. So too, Haught argued, saying “God did it” while explaining a natural proces by which (say) a species came about are not mutually exclusive explanations. The Bible and science (yes, even evolutionary science) are not in conflict (unless, of course, one insists on interpreting Genesis in a very literal way).

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