From: Loren Haarsma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: _American Sci Affil <email@example.com>
A little anecdote that might support Loren and Ted's contention that
Science Held Hostage attacks naturalism. WHen teaching astronomy at a
secular college, I assigned Science Held Hostage. I told students to
write a critique of one chapter with the proviso that if they tended
to be naturalists, they should review one of the three chapters
critiqueing naturalism; if they tended to be Creationist, they should
write on one of the chapters critiqueing Creationism.
It happened that year that four of my best (and favorite) students
were quite avowedly secular. These bright students (one was truly
exceptional) were so agitated by what Howard said that they could not
write a coherent paper. They even went so far as to question the
character of that mean guy Howard Van Till (I think one said something
akin to Howard being a "slasher").
This was truly a delightful change for me since I was used to having
fundamentalists attack the book (and myself for assigning it and
liking it). I passed the papers on to Howard so he could have the joy
of being attacked from the left for a change.
On Tue, 11 Dec 2001 RDehaan237@aol.com wrote:
> You wrote <<let me just point to Van Till's book, Science Held Hostage, as
> an ideal example of just this.>> An example of what? A critique of
> evolutionism? It has been a long time since I read Howard's book, and my
> copy is still in storage. But as I recall it, it was a criticism of creation
> scientists, YECs, who were the ones holding science hostage. Howard can
> correct me if I am wrong.
>From the Table of Contents of "Science Held Hostage"
Part I: Science as Practiced by Scientists
Part II: Science Held Hostage by Creationism
Part III: Science Held Hostage by Naturalism
Just now, I looked at my bookshelf for the books written by TEs which deal
directly or indirectly with issues raised by evolution. Authors include
Walter Hearn, Charles Hummel, Donald MacKay, Kenneth Miller, John
Polkinghorne, Howard VanTill, Clarence Menninga, Davis Young, George
Interestingly enough, every single book in that collection devotes
paragraphs and chapters to criticizing scientism / evolutionism /
When I think back over the published articles I have read over the past
decade, articles which were written by the TEs who have been regular
contributers to this discussion list, I can say the same thing. To the
best of my memory, every single one of them has written criticizing
scientism / evolutionism / philosophical naturalism.
Joel W. Cannon | (724)223-6146
Physics Department | firstname.lastname@example.org
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