The debate between scientists and theologians concerning the existence or non-existence of God as necessary for the creation event would become more profitable and rational if the discussion turned to whether the first causal principles of the universe were inorganic or alive.
Well, God is a living Being. Therefore the creation and evolution of the universe, from a theistic point of view, would have to be based on the concept that the universe emerged from a living action and principle.
Current materialistic science admits it has not discovered the first principles of nature. The Big Bang theory suggests that, in an instant, reality went from a state of nothingness to a state of infinite thermodynamics. That is a real head-scratcher! Furthermore, in spite of reverse entropy, in which all coherent productions formed units, organized systems and complex structures (that not only evolved into living creatures but intelligent beings) scientists believe that the expanding world will succumb to thermodynamic death. Ka-poof!
Life is a mere “blip” in what seems to be the meaningless trajectory of creation.
However, there is reason for a more positive and meaningful worldview of reality. And since scientists admit that first principles still elude them, the door is certainly open for alternate and theistic models of reality.
So, what does Nature reveal to us?
Nature shows us that it has an incessant drive towards self-organization. As mentioned above, this drive or endeavor of nature has led to the evolution of living forms with increased intelligence. In terms of laws that depend on inner consistency (which scientists seek), first principles must be present in their effects. Otherwise the universe would not be coherent or unified—and most physical scientists believe the universe is unified and is understandable precisely because it has order and orientation.
We must, therefore, seek a new theory that allows first principles to contain the essence of order and orientation. This suggests intelligence and purposive design.
Evolution is the trajectory by which structures of increased complexity become more vivified and more perfectly oriented—to reflect the nature of its origins, that is, God. The human race has the capacity to be an image and likeness of God. Whereas nature unifies itself by creating more intricate forms of material relationships through coexistence, humankind can evolve this unifying endeavor towards increased relationship making through the principle of spiritual LOVE. Love, which is in a perpetual endeavor to unite and form relationships, is the reason why reverse entropy rules over the physical laws of thermodynamics.
Love is a living principle of unification.
I have written a book, Proving God that provides a wide range of evidence to show that all order and orientation comes from an all-loving, all-wise and infinitely living God.