Smith and Plantinga wrote a letter Sept. 10, 1997, to the NATB saying
that the association's current statement "gives aid and comfort to
extremists in the religious right for whom it provides a legitimate
target. And, because of its logical vulnerability, it lowers Americans'
respect for scientists and their place in our culture."
In an interview, Smith said the issue of evolution and creationism is
more complex than presented in the teachers' statement.
"It's so off the mark to believe you must choose between evolution and
creationism, as if they are mutually exclusive. There's 'short-term
creationism,' which says the world is 6,000 years old. That's been
called nonsense on stilts, and I agree. But there's also 'long-term
creationism,' which accepts the geological record and evolution of the
species but does not discount the possibility that it was all purposeful
- supervised somehow - by an intelligent force we call God."
I'm glad to see someone of the stature of Huston Smith getting in on
this, especially considering the reaction of Carley. I searched all over
the Web for references to this story, couldn't find any. All I have is
the MWR article.