From: gordon brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Sep 01 2003 - 15:52:50 EDT
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.
Department of Mathematics
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0395
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