And sadly, there are origins-ministry demagogues anxious to capitalize on anything emerging from such a conference which might inflame their donors and motivate their further loyalty to the ministry’s causes. I’ve seen them take one opinion expressed by one scholar and denounce it as the official stance of the ministry which happens to be associated with that scholar—even if he/she was speaking solely for themselves. (Of course, quote-mining and spin is often employed.)
I can understand Biologos’ caution. Nevertheless, I do hope that they will eventually work through their positions and arrive at a well-considered big tent approach.