I am not going to argue for or against any sort of God. But I will say this.
In the world NOW there are countless examples of evolution happening right now, backed up by sound science. There are no examples of God at work backed up by sound science.
Science can show, through DNA and fossil records etc, the previous evolutionary paths species have taken. No sensible person would argue against examples of current species evolving from others, even man.
Perry does not argue that God created man. His God is not like the God of the more traditional biblical God the ‘Christians’ etc who defend his views argue for.
Perry does not seem to deny science or evolution happening.
The biblical story is clearly wrong.
He has therefore had no choice but to retreat from biblical creation and his God appears to
have made his ‘intervention’ at the point where he can currently comfortably say ‘science can’t prove I’m talking nonsense’.
This results in a God who appears to have intervened at the point chemistry transitioned to biology, that’s roughly where science is at. His God then appears to have retreated from the scene.
Science has a pretty good theory, with some experimental evidence but obviously no observational evidence from billions of years back, how this transition happened.
Perry might one day accept this.
His God and science will then meet at the furthest point back in space and time – the Big Bang.
Science will say ‘we don’t know.’
Perry will say ‘God did it’
That’s where he will end up as science continues to push and discover. He will have no choice as he obviously understands science is ‘real.’
We will probably never know.
Perry’s God is not the Christian, Muslim etc god. The God he advocates takes no interest in his creation. He/she appears to be more of a pagan Mother Nature type god.
I somewhat agree. But one of the reasons I am completely comfortable moving God all the way to the big bang (or even before that!) is I also have witnessed miracles, like these (please read very carefully, I offer much documentation and supporting links):
I also have had many personal spiritual encounters, like this one:
So I know that I know that I know that God is real. God is active in the world.
Perry’s God is the Jewish and Christian God. And the Christian God is not in any way in conflict with science. In fact without Jewish and Christian theology, we would not have science in the first place.
This is the same thing Isaac Newton or James Clerk Maxwell or Copernicus or Galileo would say to you if they were alive today.
I also observe that with a handful of very elegant assumptions (two to be exact) the Genesis story matches the science story just fine:
And finally… any person who actually believes in cause and effect knows no universe can create itself.