In a message dated 4/9/01 2:26:57 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< In many ways this is a purely theological assertion. This is why in the end
my science looks nearly identical to the non-theist's science and why my
criticisms of ID sound nearly identical to non-theists' criticisms. Phil
Johnson has called my position "vacuous" and despises it because it makes
no "threat" to the non-theist scientific community. As I've said many times
before, the critique that we ought to be making of the atheistic scientific
community is at the philosophical/theological level and not at the
practical science level. >>
I applaud many parts of your overall statement, being a Calvinist myself.
But I take issue with the above statement. Your strategy of not critiquing
the atheistic scientific community at the practical scientific level, is not
in the best interest of science nor of the TE community. To exempt a
scientific theory from scientific critique, "at the practical science level",
which I believe you are doing in the case of evolution, does a disservice to
science. Skepticism even of major theories should be an important permanent
attitude of a scientist.
But I may be mistaken. Perhaps you have critiqued the theory of evolution
and I am unaware of it. If so, I would like to hear it. What, in your
judgment is/are the major weakness(es) of Darwinian evolution? Or to put it
another way, are there any biological data that not accounted for by
Darwinian evolution, and if so what are they?
My guess is that if you were to critique Darwinian evolution from a
scientific perspective you would find a place in the "Big Tent." But as long
as you are indistinguishable from non-theistic evolutionists, as you describe
yourself, who seem unable to take an objective, critical view of their theory
you will not find the right hand of fellowship extended to you. After all,
would George Washington have welcomed a volunteer into his army who openly
supported the divine right of kings and the absolute right of Parliament to
impose taxation without representation?
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