Science is different from religion in that it addresses nature in terms of the laws and principles of science. Principles of science, replaced the will and whim stemming from personified deities. The movement of the sun, is no longer due to Helios riding his chariot. Rather the same observation is explained in terms of gravity and inertia. Humans see the same thing, but explanations change with time. God is a conscious agent behind actions and choices in nature; divine selection based on a plan. Science developed a non personified parallel for these same actions and reactions, observed in nature, based on principles of science. Both will explain the waterfall, but in its own way. Just as God has the final say in creation, selection has the final say in evolution. The first uses a conscious personified agent, while the second, in the spirit of the scientific method, does this via physical laws and logic. Our theories of physical and organic nature, continue to evolve and change as new data appears. These allow humans to play the role of God; we via theory get to form the universe. For example, we come up with a theory, such as string theory. Some will use this to define cosmology and physical laws. We as humans have created the universe in our image; image of the theory. This theory, in the long run, may be right, wrong or temporary. If it is wrong or just a stepping stone, then humans have replaced God with themselves, deciding the fate of the universe via theory. Selection is a theory, created by man, that parallels creation, using physical explanations. Random is also man playing God, defining the universe based on the rolling of dice. Einstein said, that I don't believe God would choose to play dice with the universe. Man decided to create and maintain they universe this way, in his own image via the theory. By laws of selection, I mean the logical physical parameters of any given environment and their impact on life. These rules may take ingenuity to see, since there are many possible scenarios. For example, if the oceans were to rise, we (humans) can sort of look at the animals in that ecosystem and tell which species will be naturally selected. We can use a process of logic based on cause and affect. Those animals that live in burrows in the ground, may not make it. To much water means flood, which means their homes are gone. Without a burrow there is little protection from predators. All I am doing is adding up the potentials for and against survival. Those that climb and fly will have a better shot of being selected. Those that swim should be selected, with swimmers who like brackish water, having even a better chance to be selected This analysis, which may predict selection, has to do with applying logic to the needs of life, in light of the change in environmental parameters. The analysis not a random process, but results from the sum of many physical laws. Selection does not pick anything in the sense of a person picking; subjectivity, but rather it picks based on logic. Selection logically defaulting, may be a better way to explain it. The ancients would call this God's will, now we call it selection. Both were considered based on wisdom of sorts, just the agents are different. It may not always be obvious what will be selected, but that is more a result of humans not considering all the environmental parameters. Some situations are easier to infer than others. This is also true of creation. If humans follow the laws of God, ye shall be saved/selected. The schema is already there. Both God's will and selection are logical, and consistently follow certain parameters. Once we set the environmental parameters and the life forms that result are deterministic; predictable. This is what Darwin was shooting for. Any change, in his day, away from God and religion was a huge political step in terms of controversy. He took one step, which was to replace God with physical laws subject to science. Darwin still used a form of determinism, which he called selection. In terms of Creation, God after the plan had been made; physical laws, creates a randomizing agent called Lucifer/Satan. Satan had free will and therefore does not have to follow the logic of the physical laws. Rather he can randomize, with no apparent cause and affect to any law. This science parallel is done with statistics and random mutations. A mutation does not have to consider anything logical in chemistry, since it has free will, of sorts. Once mutations appear, they are subject to selection. In the Old Testament, Satan was an adviser to God and would influence God's selections. He is was the mutation that is subject to selection, but which can alter the trajectory of selection. Adam and Eve are confronted with a randomizer called Satan in the tree, which deflects the path of human evolution, away from paradise. Evolution still occurs but selection made a new branch due to the random mutation. Science would say a mutation appeared that altered which humans will be selected. The reason evolution is the single area of science subject to the most intense debate between science and religion is because both use the same schema and compete for the same thing. I am pointing this out so it is easier to see by both sides. Theory is man's way of playing God, because he assumes the theory reflects reality and therefore define how the minions need to worship creation. Since theory tends to advance with time, these gods are displaced. i In the bible, the parallel between creation and evolution goes one step further. Step one is God;selection, which are deterministic principles based on logic and law. Step two is Satan/randomizing principle due to choice and free will. Humans can freely call the universe random is this makes factories more cost effective by allowing science assembly lines. Step three is Satan/random principle is replaced by the son of God, who is one with God. This symbolism implies a secondary selection process, that replaces random, that works with the primary selection process of evolution. I call this chemical selection at the nano-scale. This selection may not be easy to see, if you are not aware of the laws that govern organics in water in various cellular environments. The brain and consciousness is an extension of this, If the oceans were to rise, we would not wait around for random mutations to grow gills, while there is huge attrition. The potential created one life, will trigger a conscious survival reaction; the stress causes cause and affect action. We would move to higher ground where the parameters allows us to be selected. It makes sense for this to extrapolate back to a foundation and not appear in the air. It begins with micro-selection; chemical selection.