March 13, 2013

Quote of the Day: Enns on Religious Fear of Evolution

At present there is a lot of fear about the implications of bringing evolution and Christianity together, and this fear needs to be addressed head-on. Many fear that we are on a slippery slope, to use the hackneyed expression. Perhaps the way forward is not to resist the slide so much as to stop struggling, look around, and realize that we may have been on the wrong hill altogether.

- Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam, p. 145

Posted by Kenny at March 13, 2013 8:12 PM
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Peter Enns, frankly, seems like the exact last person we need spearheading a movement to get religious people to accept evolution.

Actually, I'd go further: people like Enns are part of the problem. Religious people, particularly orthodox and conservative religious, have had evolutionary theory in particular wielded like a baseball bat to beat them with on topic after topic by atheists - and liberal religious either keep quiet about this, or aid and abet it expressly to attack views they dislike for various reasons. See Enns himself on a Historical Adam for an example of that (contrast that with what Thomists have had to say about that, noting that biological polygenism is compatible with monogenism in the Adam and Eve sense of the idea.)

So they largely keep their mouths shut when everyone from Dawkins to Coyne to otherwise present evolutionary theory as an argument for atheism or the like, use the theory themselves to attack Original Sin needlessly - and then turn around and speculate as to why many Christians have a sour view of evolutionary theory? It's not hard to understand why.

Posted by: Crude at March 25, 2013 10:11 PM

Kenny, have you seen the video of Lynn Margolis giving it to Dawkins concerning cyanobacteria joining (cooperating v. competing) to make new life? I accessed it once, but I have had trouble finding it again. I found it wonderful to see this woman giving some stuffy old guys what-for, standing and showing them the video. Sadly, when she died, her program at Amherst may have ceased.

Oops. I didn't get my info on there for feedback.

Mary

Posted by: Mary Saunders at April 30, 2013 3:54 PM

Hi Mary. Nice to hear from you!

Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with the video you mention.

Posted by: Kenny at April 30, 2013 4:21 PM

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