Re: origins theories (in ASA Sci Ed website)

From: Loren Haarsma (
Date: Tue May 21 2002 - 08:57:20 EDT

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    On Mon, 20 May 2002, Dick Fischer wrote:

    > Craig wrote:
    > > Since my non-neutral slant will be "pro-design, old earth" I'll provide
    > >opportunities for pro-evolution and young-earth proponents to state their
    > >cases. You (TEs and YECs) can suggest web-resources and write your own
    > >pages.
    > This is peachy. Let everybody jump in with whatever they think, and
    > it will all be on one grand web page. Let's call it the "ASA grab
    > bag of creation and evolution." How confusing.

    I highly recommend that Craig's work should be read before criticism is
    offered. My experience is that Craig does exceptional work at fairly
    representing multiple points of view. And by "fair" I mean two things:
      (1) He takes pains to not misrepresent views with which he disagrees. He
    presents the views in ways which, I believe, the advocates of those views
    would approve.
      (2) He does not let any particular viewpoint get away with making bad
    arguments. He disentangles bad arguments from good arguments.

    I hope y'all can appreciate how hard it is to do the second without
    sacrificing the first.
         Craig is open to suggestions for how his work can be even more useful,
    more informative, and more fair than it already is. So if anyone is
    interested in the ASA having a good origins education website, I recommend
    you check out Craig's work and give him some helpful suggestions.

    Loren Haarsma

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