From: Denyse O'Leary (email@example.com)
Date: Sun Mar 16 2003 - 19:50:34 EST
> It is true that a materialist might dismiss evolutionary theory on
evidentiary grounds but still the materialist is wedded to some sort of
origin of the whole in terms of purely physical theories. If one has
the gut feeling that such materialistic theories cannot explain the
whole of reality, then non-physical concepts will come into the
worldview of those who want to understand what the whole thing is all >
True, but if you want to defend Darwin, you must defend him from actual
hazards. One can be a materialist without believing in Darwin's theory,
just as one can be a non-materialist and still believe in it. For that
matter, one can be an atheist without being a materialist.
Unfortunately, the fact that Richard Dawkins felt that Darwin enabled
him to be intellectually fufilled as an atheist has sometimes been taken
to mean that all atheists must feel the same. There may be some
surprises in this area.
By the way, has anyone else seen this news item? (Professor dumped over
questioning evolution] (?)
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