I draw man forward…
What I had been told about Creation still bothered me and I was relieved when God started talking about the process of evolution.
“Lord, do You have to will creatures to evolve into homo sapiens or does it just happen by natural processes?”
That’s not a well-conceived question. It rests on a false dichotomy. Remember that nature is itself teleological, except it is much more complicated than that apparently simple statement. I provide—I am—the telos or purpose, and I follow the telos as well. However, I draw man forward to greater development in the very process of interacting with men (people). At the time of early man, I am not yet sure what is missing. I am not fully developed Myself yet, since I have not encountered beings who can call forth My full latent nature. For the moment, call it a dialectical evolution responding to My need for development.
Here and elsewhere, “man” has the older sense inclusive of both women and men.