Re: Tit for Tat?

From: Steve Petermann (
Date: Thu Sep 11 2003 - 11:20:57 EDT

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    Ted wrote:
    > Is is spiritually dangerous to teach YEC or TE, or some other position on
    > origins?

    I think the same question could be asked about scientific materialism or
    methodological naturalism. If those approaches are taught as dogma, there
    is, in my opinion, a spiritual risk of fatalism, extreme relativism, or
    nihilism. On the other hand religious positions that stand in stark
    contrast to our scientific take on reality, can create a spiritual crisis
    for individuals who later in life find those positions unreasonable. That
    can lead to a disillusionment and rejection of religion, per se.

    Seems to me what should be emphasized about origins in public education is
    that *no* theory of origins is without its problems, discuss the problems
    then let the kids and their parents decide for themselves. If anything the
    ID discussions have raised important questions about the completeness of
    Darwinian theory. For those who would just dismiss ID assertions as
    ridiculous, they would find themselves in the same camp as those who have
    poo-pooed radical new scientific theories in the past.

    Steve Petermann

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