Re: My daughter is a YEC

From: gordon brown (
Date: Mon Sep 01 2003 - 15:52:50 EDT

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    On Mon, 25 Aug 2003, Walter Hicks wrote:
    > I think that Henry Morris and the ilk are scientific charlatans but that does
    > not excuse the polarizing attitude of many on this list. Many act as though
    > science is the only honourable profession in the world. Why should a lawyer,
    > mill worker, or anyone else respect the arrogant opinions of this list just
    > because "PhD" can be tacked on after most our names --- pray tell?

    I haven't had the sense that most people on this list think that their
    opinions should be accepted as truth just because they have Ph.D. after
    their names. It is perfectly all right for anyone to withhold judgment
    until he has done the necessary study to understand the issues and form a
    well reasoned opinion for himself.

    Many YECs apparently think that their opinions are more credible if they
    have a Ph.D. after their names. I know of at least a couple who have done
    so by getting degrees from diploma mills. Others don't say what their
    field is just in case there might be someone out there who might question
    whether a degree in civil engineering or pharmacology qualifies one to be
    an authority on geology.

    Most of the scientific discussions on this list are in fields different
    from my own, and I try to leave those for those who are qualified in those
    areas, but as a Christian who studies the Bible regularly, I do sometimes
    weigh in on theological questions, and I think that all believers should
    feel free to discuss such issues.

    Gordon Brown
    Department of Mathematics
    University of Colorado
    Boulder, CO 80309-0395

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