In a message dated 3/28/01 9:00:11 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< Certainly, but my point wasn't that statements such as those of Simpson
should be ignored.
It is relevant to cite such statements as evidence of the way some scientists
philosophers have tried to use evolution to further their own anti-religious
agenda. But it's quite another matter to cite Simpson, Huxley, Dawkins, &c
their statements carried some theological weight. >>
The fact that statements by Simpson and others of like ilk don't carry any
theological weight is beside the point. The point is that they carry
sociological and cultural weight, if you will. The intellectual opinion
leaders of Western society have largely been won over to the anti-religious
agenda of "some scientists & philosophers" , especially in academia, partly
as a result of statements made by Simpson, et. al. Do you not agree that
evolution has become the creation myth of modern society, as Michael Denton
called it? Is it not the linch-pin of metaphysical naturalism?
As I see it, you, and perhaps others in the theistic evolutionary camp, fail
to acknowledge and come to grips with some of the baneful side effects
Darwinian evolution has had on Western culture, from the historic
Judeo-Christian perspective, and prefer to view evolution idealistically, as
a purely scientific theory, as if it has no cultural impact. I would like
to read more of what you think in that regard.
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