One doesn't have to look too far to see this. My scant published writings
in this area are full of a critique of atheistic naturalism as are my web
pages and my discussions with students in my classes.
The books by Howard Van Till serve as a stellar example. In both *The
Fourth Day* and *Science Held Hostage* there is "equal time" given to the
critique of YEC and of the athestic naturalists. As you know Howard and I
don't see eye to eye on everything, but I have no doubt that he offers a
sustained critique of atheistic naturalism as a philosophical/theological
system. It just doesn't trickle down into any critique of evolutionary
science that Johnson and company want it to.
I just had a chance to read George Murphy's article in the latest
Perspectives, posted on the web at
http://www.asa3.org/ASA/topics/Evolution/PSCF3-01Murphy.html While I can't
say I had my nit-picking glasses on, I found it to be a good explanation of
why we might not expect "differences" between theistic and non-theistic
science. As I've argued elsewhere, non-theists are actually doing theistic
science, they just don't know it or won't admit it.
>In a message dated 4/11/01 11:30:59 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
><< In summary, critiquing the science is not the unique task of theists. It is
>the joint task of the entire evolutionary biology scientific community and
>I maintain that they are actively engaged (as a community) in such a
>Of course. But my question was, what have TEs contributed to this critique?
>All the examples you gave, as I understand them, were from non-theistic
>members of the evolutionary biology community. Or to put it another way, in
>my observation TEs have been more involved in _defending_ evolutionary theory
>than in critiquing it.
>But let me expand my question. In your original post, you stated: "As I've
>said many times before, the critique that we ought to be making of the
>community is at the philosophical/theological level and not at the practical
>science level." Have TEs been making these critiques? Again, my observation
>is that TEs have been more involved in critiquing, and often attacking,
>YECs than the philospical/theology of "atheistic scientific community."
Terry M. Gray, Ph.D., Computer Support Scientist
Chemistry Department, Colorado State University
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