Re: Tit for Tat?

From: Jay Willingham (
Date: Thu Sep 11 2003 - 12:06:47 EDT

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    Well put.

    Jay Willingham

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Steve Petermann" <>
    To: "Ted Davis" <>; <>;
    Cc: <>
    Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 11:20 AM
    Subject: Re: Tit for Tat?

    > Ted wrote:
    > > Is is spiritually dangerous to teach YEC or TE, or some other position
    > > 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.
    > Regards,
    > Steve Petermann

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