Re: [asa] What is the Christian reaction to Ray Comfort's use of "The Originof Species"

From: Ted Davis <>
Date: Mon Nov 16 2009 - 09:06:15 EST

>>> "Dehler, Bernie" <> 11/15/2009 6:05 PM >>> writes:

Christian evangelist Ray Comfort is going to publish a version of "The Origin of Species" with an introduction against evolution. I wonder how the intellectuals in the Christian community will respond... with rebuke, silence, or acceptance? The intellectuals in the secular community apparently will have a unified rebuke in store for them.


Ted comments:

Well, Bernie, I imagine that various Christians will respond differently to this, just as various secular people will respond differently to views on (say) sociobiology and human nature or whether insurance policies should automatically pay for mammograms for all women over 40 (in America, this is common, but in Europe it is not regarded as medically warranted).

Since you are asking this question on the ASA list, Bernie, let me point out that the ASA has a very long tradition of expressing critical opinions about opinions concerning science that are held by Christians. Had you been a member longer than a year or two, you would know that. For example, Bernie, it was two very negative reviews in the ASA journal, shortly after the publication of "The Genesis Flood" by Morris and Whitcomb, that led Morris and several of his friends to exit the ASA and form the CRS in the early 1960s. ASA members have likewise been appropriately critical of many other ideas that don't hold up to scientific examination.

As for Mr. Comfort's plans, it would be premature for me to express any opinion about a book I haven't seen.


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