From: Jay Willingham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Sep 11 2003 - 12:06:47 EDT
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Petermann" <email@example.com>
To: "Ted Davis" <TDavis@messiah.edu>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
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.
> Steve Petermann
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