In early 19th century France there lived an ambitious Polish mathematician and Hermeticist named Józef Hoené-Wronski. Wronski is most famous for guiding the enigmatic mystic Eliphas Levi in his first ventures into the Kabbalah. But that’s not why I’m bringing him up. In utter secrecy, Wronski fashioned a machine called the prognométre that he claimed would determine all future events and calculate the value of all unknowns. He clandestinely built his machine at night, contracting out separate tasks to different artisans so that no one could see the entire project. It consisted of nested spheres embedded with hidden compartments and covered with equations that described the fundamental processes of the universe. What happened to the machine I could not discover. It seems to have evaporated (there are hermetic writings and rumours among the initiated that seem to indicate it may have been lost in time and appeared at the tent door of a Bedouin wanderer at around the beginning of the 7th Century BC somewhere on the boarder areas of the Reed Sea). But I understand the difficulty of his task. Bringing Faith and Science together is seen by some as indeed as hopelessly a Wronskian task. Darwinism and theology have some basic disagreements about the way things progress.
Darwinism struggles with theology in part because it is such a blazingly harsh way to get things done. How could it be that for the Ground of all Being, that this competitive, painful, cruel, and ultimately blind process is the best or only way to create? A struggle for existence? Is this the kind of Deity we want? The implications of Darwinism for theology are terrible. It would imply a God who bases his movements on Natural Law to which he is subject! It would require a God who realized that progress and beauty require pain and suffering. Such a God even might allow some sort of selection process to occur to sort out who is fit for which eternal ends and advancement in the next life! God using selection to move his children forward? Unthinkable. Such a God might even allow Evil to exist to assist in this selective process. A Darwinian God would have to recognize that it is in this opposition that true complexity and freedom and good arises. This would imply a horrid dualism in which the struggle for existence might reach into the Eternities. That might even imply war in heaven. It might imply that ultimately the fittest might be continued to be selected for until we have a set of beings that are God’s peers. No, the picture that Darwinism paints for Theology is completely unacceptable for an omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent God who can do anything. Creating through struggle and selection? That opposition was necessary? Absurd.