Monday, April 17, 2006
Of Birds and Feathers
I am a young-age creationist because that is my understanding of the Scripture. As I shared with my professors years ago when I was in college, if all the evidence in the universe turns against creationism, I would be the first to admit it, but I would still be a creationist because that is what the Word of God seems to indicate. Here I must stand.
The problem with respecting Wise's stance - namely, an unswerving fidelity to his beliefs, regardless of contradictory argument or evidence - is that it is exactly the same as that of Islamist terrorists who hold that their beliefs require them to commit mass murder.
My own position is that I am bound to respect the right of other people to hold whatever beliefs they see fit but I am not bound to repect the beliefs themselves.
Wise cannot be true to his religious beliefs without betraying his science since whenever the two are in conflict he is bound to prefer his faith - regardless of the evidence. That is the opposite of the scientific method.
On the other hand, he does not sacrifice his integrity by hiding his faith behind the mealy-mouthed pretense at science that ID is, aimed only at public relations instead of knowledge.
Wise is wrong but he is openly wrong.