Monday, April 02, 2012


Juxtaposition Commission


Here is the Discoveryless Institute going on about an ID/Theistic Evolution conference (the latter represented, perhaps not fairly, by people from Biologos) at Wheaton College (a Christian institution):

The most striking contrast? With the exception of Collins and Rana, who had been asked to address theological concerns in the context of human origins, the ID speakers used nearly all of their time to talk about scientific issues. The BioLogos speakers, on the other hand, tended to focus much more on theology.
Dang! The DI is proud of its refusal to discuss religion!

Ummm ... but ... here is Jay Richards, a Senior Fellow of the DI, discussing Alvin Plantinga's new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies.

Richards uses the word "God" (capitalized) 29 times. He uses "theism" (often "Christian theism") 14 times. And just to show that he isn't using them to dispassionately discuss social issues impacting science, he says things like this:

Christian theism is committed to the idea that God intends certain things to come out a certain way in history. He intended human beings, for instance. He knew you before he knit you together in your mother's womb. So theism will be incompatible with any view, including any evolutionary theory, that denies that life and its history were purposively guided to accomplish God's ends.

... Contrary to some contemporary theistic evolutionists, he [Plantinga] understands that an event can't be both guided and unguided, both purposeful and purposeless. Far too many discussions of "God and evolution" appeal to God's mystery or his transcendence or his majesty or the fact that he's "not a Cosmic Tinkerer," to disguise a contradiction.

... Certainly, given theism, it's logically possible that an event such as a genetic mutation could be guided directly by God and independently of any physical mechanism.
There are actually some interesting issues raised in Richards' article that, if I get the chance, I might come back to.

In the meantime ... pot ... kettle ... black.

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