Should Scientists Dialogue With ID, YEC, and OEC?


Are you so perplexed by Christian Scientists finally talking about God… you think starting arguments with Atheist scientists is the only thing left to do?

This site is called Peaceful Science. Let’s engage the Atheists once the Evangelicals adopt the dual creation model.

scientists like @swamidass and even athiests like @patrick claim that science is neutral when it comes to religion/metaphysics.
So Creationists and so called scientists such as Dawkins are indulging in the same misuse of Science. Why dialogue with only one group?.

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Science is SUPPOSED to be neutral on God. When the Creationists stop rejecting piles of evidence regarding the speciation of primates… then will be the time for both Christian wings to engage the Atheists.

Francis Collins and Darrel Falk are the kind of Christians that most atheists would admire. They are not an impediment to the progress in science, reasoning, nor social change, Collins is an actual driver of that change through NIH. The real problem with all of the discussion around various creation beliefs and science is that it is holding back science and progress in social change. Christianity and Islam are holding back global social change and progress. Christianity is no longer the beacon of freedom for the oppressed. It has become the oppressor by holding on to archaic morals, values and ethics in gender, sexuality, freedom of thought, immigration, pursuit of happiness, even how we can die.

4 posts were merged into an existing topic: Patrick on Dawkins

I do dialogue with atheists. See, for example, these two events: Veritas Forums the Week Dad Died (January 2018) and Veritas Forums the Week Dad Died (January 2018).

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21 posts were split to a new topic: Patrick on Dawkins

5 posts were merged into an existing topic: JoeG’s Case Against Common Descent

12 posts were split to a new topic: The Recent History of ID/YEC in Science Education

17 posts were split to a new topic: Did ID Cause BioLogos?

14 posts were split to a new topic: The Meaning of Dawkin’s Endowed Chair

Hmm, this grew into a contentious thread. Some have been interesting threads. Others have not.

@Patrick I have been thinking about your post and I want to respond on a few points.

I think this is a complex questions, because these are two very different types of “help.” Given that there has been so much contention on faith and science for 150 years, swirling around Adam, it does seem that seeking peace here could help a lot of people. This is the sort of help that science, also, really struggles with. So there does seem to be value here.

My scientific work is important and it helps people too, but in a different way. Though a great deal of scientific work just does not help anyone. David Reich’s work on ancient DNA work is not really about “helping” people, but revealing the true story of our origins. The phenomenal work on CMB and the Big Bang is not about “helping” people either, but just another effort to understand our origins. One ways science is extravagant is that we study things that are not going to be helpful.

I want to clarify that @Agauger has been honest and is doing important work. I’ve criticized ID for a long time for not producing real models, and never really admitting when they are wrong. I still have many disagreements with @Agauger, but she has taken a good road. The work she has been doing in population genetics is recognizably scientific, as she builds and tests models with data. Moreover, I have seen her admit error and change her mind. Also, and this is surprising to me, she has been willing to play by the rules of the game, keep claims about God’s action outside science.

Just as importantly, she has avoided ad hominem. I think we owe it to her to avoid ad hominem with her. We do not have to agree, and can certainly attack her arguments, but I want to pull back from saying she is not worth engaging. I see it the other way around. If ID started to look more like @Agauger, just maybe we wouldn’t have nearly the same problem with it. Discover Institute is not going away anytime soon. Instead of being frustrated with the worst of their actors, I prefer to encourage the best examples they have among them. @Agauger is one of those.

@Patrick, I do understand that some will question the wisdom of engaging ID and creationists, but it does seem like that is part of what we are doing here at Peaceful Science. I think we need some ways to talk about them that are not condescending, even as we forcefully push back on what we see as bad arguments.

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I think that you need to modify that claim.

Can you cite or reference any ad hominems by [@Agauger]?

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What about this one?

I am also yelling because apparently Art Hunt doesn’t understand anything about bacterial genetics, and how much work that would be, and he doesn’t understand anything I have written about the limits of protein evolution, or he hasn’t read it, or he is misrepresenting it.
Gauger: Answering Art Hunt on Real Time Evolution

This entire statement was untrue and completely out of the realm of reasonable discourse.

In my opinion, Ann put up with a lot, but she also blew up with childish fits on multiple occasions for the oddest of reasons.


@T.j_Runyon expresses my concern. People like Ken Ham misrepresent science (and the Bible, for that matter) and that encourages science ignorance among the general public—and that helps produce a misinformed electorate which supports politicians who harm science education. And how many young people are discouraged from careers in “dangerous” fields of science where they are told there’s a conflict with the Bible?

I don’t expect all working scientists to expend their energies on the Ken Hams of the world. Most of them will probably be ignored by the people who most need to hear them. On the other hand, when Bible-affirming, Christ-following scientists with appropriate fundamentalist and evangelical pedigrees tactfully explain their disagreements with YECism (for example), I’ve seen it make a very real difference. This is especially true for those scientists and other scholars who grew up within YEC fundamentalist churches. I appreciate their efforts.

I believe much of today’s millennial generation (including many of those from fundamentalist backgrounds) will gradually overcome the negative influences of the Ken Ham-types. And AIG will have a tough time maintaining its momentum once its leader retires. I don’t see someone like Nathan Jeanson gaining much of a following among millenials. Of course, I could be wrong. I’m no longer as engaged in such communities. Nevertheless, I’ve observed a lot of millennials (and those of the generation following the millennials) who are unwilling to just go along with what they were told growing up. I think many of those family trips and church youth group trips to the Ark Encounter will eventually prove to be the beginning of many young peoples’ paths out of science denialism.


That’s not what makes an argument an ad hominem.

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Above would be, though, right?

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No, the ad hominem argument was that we should ignore Art’s point because he “doesn’t understand anything about bacterial genetics”. It was right in front of your eye, Mung.