Monday, November 30, 2009
Darrel Falk is at the Biologos Foundation's blog, Science and the Sacred, with an article that tries to explain how otherwise intelligent and accomplished people in the sciences can accept young-Earth creationism. How good the "explanation" is I will leave to the reader.
What interested me was his description of conversations he had with three YECs with Ph.D.s in science or related fields who Falk refused to name. Here are his descriptions of the three:
Person A ... obtained his Ph.D. in paleontology at the nation's most prestigious university with one of its most prestigious scholars.
Person B ... is well-trained in the field of population genetics and served as a professor in plant genetics at a university which has a long tradition of being the world leader in this discipline. He is also the inventor of a very important biotechnology tool.
Person C ... has a Ph.D, in the history of science from another of the world's best universities. ... [H]e eventually told us he would step away from his position in a "second," if he became convinced that is what God wanted of him [no other description of his "position" is given].
Person C has certain similarities to Stephen Meyer, who has a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science from Cambridge, and whose "position" as director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute would be, even if indirectly described, a dead giveaway. On the other hand, I have never heard that he is a YEC.
Person B I don't know but, annoyingly, I remember recently seeing a creationist described with similar credentials.
Anyway, if anyone has any further or alternative guesses, that's what the comment section is for.
Person C is another young earth creationist with very strong credentials. He has a Ph.D, in the history of science from another of the world's best universities. "C" was one of about 16 persons at a small one-day meeting I attended in Chicago in July 2007.
...Falk even met person C in Chicago...not sure what the meeting was, though...some sort of theistic evolutionist/creationist exchange of views session?
I think Nick may be right about Nelson, as he's on record as a YEC.