Re: [asa] Question for all the theistic evolutionists

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Sun Feb 25 2007 - 22:14:35 EST

On Feb 25, 2007, at 7:35 PM, Keith Miller wrote:

> I had replied to Glenn's query earlier, but the e-mail got lost.
> So I will try again, but probably will not say what I wanted as well.
> Firstly, I do not see the e-mail medium as an effective context in
> which to engage in substantive debates. In fact, public debates
> in any context are rarely useful. The depth of issues and
> positions are rarely explored, and participants are more interested
> in making points than in listening and forthrightly addressing the
> issues at stake. So, I avoid engaging in such debates.

My experience is similar. I limit more substantive engagements to
personal interactions. (On a side note, most of the non-Christians I
interact with are not atheists.) On line YEC has so damaged the
debate the best we can hope for is "damage control". It may look like
we are more interested in defending evolution than apologetics but
that's the motivation behind it when I do it. And my goal is even
more limited than that. I am not as such defending TE as making the
lurkers aware another point of view exists. I am not discouraging
people like Glenn or Francis Collins from publicly take on the
atheists, but I have found that I, like Keith, am much more
successful doing so face-to-face.

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