Re: [asa] Response to Baylor meeting

From: Jordan Mallon <>
Date: Sun Aug 30 2009 - 20:20:50 EDT

I can't help but wonder about the sincerity of the faculty member in
question, given the way he has phrased some of his questions (Allan
hit the nail on the head), but I can offer the following link in
response to his second query:

Specifically, see the second video.


Jordan Mallon
Ph.D. candidate
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary
3330 Hospital Dr. NW
Calgary, AB Canada
T2N 4N1
On Sun, Aug 30, 2009 at 2:54 PM, Randy Isaac<> wrote:
> In a recent note to faculty at Christian Colleges and Universities, I
> provided the link to the talks at the Baylor meeting. One professor
> responded with a note to say he found the talks very sad and was
> disappointed. I started a dialog with him and have had some interesting
> exchanges. I'd like to share part of his note and perhaps gather some
> feedback from several of you that I can collect and forward to him. I had
> asked him what kind of discussion he would have found interesting. Here's
> part of his feedback:
> "When I saw the conference, I was impressed at the availability of the
> slides and audio and dug into slides of presentations that looked
> interesting.
> The first one I looked at carefully was on "Worldview" - and was dismayed to
> find it was just another convoluted twist of a way to justify believing in
> the faith of evolution while still maintaining some faith in Christ. This
> seemed to follow the lines of the complex machinations in the Christian
> Scholar's Review. Seeing the first slides, I thought this one would be a
> breath of fresh air vs. those approaches, but, alas, just another twist on
> the same story.
> Along these lines, discussions of science and faith which would be
> interesting, even from a group of committed evolutionists, might be:
> -Philosophically, why do I want so much to believe in evolution?
> -Discussion of dealing with evolution as a constructive mechanism vs.our
> observation of environmental degradation with time(even without man),
> species extinction etc.
> -An answer to the question of why evolutionists are concerned with
> extinction when this is a vital part of the process. How does a Christian
> reconcile this necessity of species destruction with the stewardship mandate
> of man?
> -As a scientist, how has a belief in evolution guided my understanding and
> research in profitable ways? For example, how using the theory has lead to
> examination of fruitful lines of research, or predicted results that were
> confirmed by experimentation, results that one who did not believe in
> evolution would never have thought to pursue. The only answer I have heard
> to this question, never stated, but implied, is that believing in evolution
> gains "respectability"."
> I may share some of the other comments later.
> I'd particularly like to solicit your comments on the last one.
> Randy
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