Re: Sociology of Science

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Sat Dec 31 2005 - 21:07:27 EST

One of my resolutions for 2006 is to spend less time in futile internet debates. So in my ~ 3 hours of leeway before that takes effect I'll note on the following:

1) The concept of "rights" has little biblical basis (check a concordance) & more to do with the philosophy of Ayn Rand than with any serious Christian thought. Vgl. Mary Ann Glenson's 1991 book Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse. Of course this doesn't mean it's of no value but "God given rights" is a concept of natural law, not revelation, & is at best of penultimate significance.

2) Back in the day I think I was as anticommunist as anyone could wish. But the communist threat has gone bye-bye. There are serious threats to Christian faith &
(of lesser importance) to the United States. But they ain't communist. Update your rhetoric.

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Janice Matchett
  To: Gregory Arago ;
  Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2005 4:42 PM
  Subject: Re: Sociology of Science

  At 05:00 AM 12/31/2005, Gregory Arago wrote:

    "......Hopefully, here at ASA, scientists, theologians and scholars can help to convey this knowledge to a public that polemicizes the Evolution or Creation or ID motives to a greater degree than anywhere else in the world. It would seem to be a way to spread peace instead of conflict about origins, processes and directions of our lives. "

  ### Peace means different things to different people. Who gets to define it?

  To people who cherish freedom, peace isn't an absence of conflict -- peace is the absence of threats to their God-given rights -- and -- the presence of justice.

  To people who want to dominate and control others - peace means the absence of opposition. According to the Dictionary of Scientific Communism: "Peace" is a world that is totally communist.
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