Origins+Tsunami -- God -or- Naturalism?
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Regarding the source of naturalism being perceived
by many of religious faith to be God/'the creator'?

Naturalism -- Infinite, per scientific theories being
investigated, with the expansion of the space-
time continuum we exist within (in and of itself, so
vast that it's beyond the capability of most to grasp)
being but a tiny part of an incomprehensibly larger
play ...

... a couple of pertinent references:

The Myth of the Beginning of Time
http://prohuman.net/science/myth_of_beginning_of_time.htm

Universe(s) Origin(s) - Nothing / Everything
http://prohuman.net/universes_origins_7_of_7.htm


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Religion's views on the matters at issue?

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Religion on the Origin of the Universe/Life:

- Religious version: God did it.

How did God do it? Unknown, though irreconcilable
myths offer ancient views:
http://prohuman.net/history/top_11_creation_myths.htm

What is God? Unknown (opinions vary widely and
are irreconcilable -- no evidence available on God
actually existing, irreconcilable claims are abundant).

How did God come into existence? Unknown, but
many religionists claim it always has been around.

When did God do it? Unknown, but some say 6,000
or so years ago, some rely on science to provide that
time estimate.

Does God intervene in nature? Opinions differ, with
some saying yes, on occasion, some saying yes, all
the time, some saying no or rarely, some saying once
to get the show started, some saying twice, once to
get the universe started, and a 2nd time to spank life
on earth into existence.

And one fundamental bedrock of religion, from its
inception to the present day, is if humans cannot fully
explain it, God gets credit for it (or blame for it). If
human understanding improves, God's role is usually
lessened, though some cling to God being the master
conductor behind the scenes no matter what scientific
discoveries are made.

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Religion on the recent tsunami:
http://groups-beta.google.com/group/talk.religion.misc/msg/607b9db210c13f47

- Religious version: Some say God did it, some say
God allowed it, some say God was not involved.

What is God? Unknown (opinions vary widely and
are irreconcilable -- no evidence available on God
actually existing, irreconcilable claims are abundant).

How did God 'do' the tsunami? See above for as-
sorted versions of God intervening or not intervening
in nature.


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Some naturalistic perspectives on the matters at issue?

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Naturalism on Origin of Universe(s)/Life:

- Universe(s) Origin(s)
http://prohuman.net/universes_origins_preface.htm

- How Does Life Begin and Develop?
http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/roadmap/objectives/index.html

- Understand how life arose on earth:
http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/roadmap/goals/g1_life_arose.html

- Determine the General Principles Governing
the Organization of Matter into Living Systems:
http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/roadmap/goals/g2_organiz_matter.html

- Explore How Life Evolves on the Molecular,
Organism, and Ecosystem Levels:
http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/roadmap/goals/g3_life_evolves.html

- Determine How the Terrestrial Biosphere has
Co-Evolved with the Earth:
http://astrobiology.arc.nasa.gov/roadmap/goals/g4_biosphere_earth.html

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Naturalism on the recent tsunami:

- Scientists Explain Origin of
South Asia's Deadly Tsunami:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/july-dec04/tsunami_12-30.html

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