We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ditto BD. I was building a rock wall yesterday when I happen upon a toad (or frog). I don't know the difference. When in the dirt, it was brown. When it climbed into the rocks it turned grey. Did the toad say to himself: " I better turn grey now that I'm in the rock pile". Or was it a non-intelligent juxtaposition of circumstances ( chance) that programmed his DNA to adapt for survival. I don't have the great amount of faith it would take to not believe in an Intelligent Designer (God).
The deeper we explore the more concrete my belief in God. I just can't believe this world & all the things on it was an accident waiting to happen or I should say trillions of accidents waiting to happen - leaving out the rest of the universe for the moment.
Me, I'm wondering if "mechanical" and "miracle" are the only two choices.
And I'd be careful throwing around the word "miracle" so freely. If the rote of DNA is a "miracle", then what's the Ascension of Christ?
But wait a sec. You just used that word for the most common, everyday event imaginable. And now you're using it for what?
If you want to use a big word like "wondrous", or even "divine", that'd be fine, but I'd be careful throwing around the M word.
And, to be honest, while you could debate the source of the DNA strands, and how they know what to do in the first place, what they're actually doing looks quite mechanical. Stitch here, sew there, cut off. Stitch here, sew there, cut off. Stitch, sew, snip. Stitch, sew, snip.