Christian Darwinism

Is this guy the Baptist Dawkins?

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Hey, peace—for all its faults, it’s still a free country.

And after Karl Giberson and Peter Enns, one’s entitled to at least wonder about stuff like that…

Anyway, Waynesburg University (Pennsylvania) biology prof Wayne Rossiter writes at Shadow of Oz blog:

Unfortunately, Dr. Paul Wallace (an astronomer and ordained Baptist minister) has proven Daniel Dennett’s point, “Darwin’s idea — bearing an unmistakable likeness to universal acid: it eats through just about every traditional concept, and leaves in its wake a revolutionized world-view, with most of the old landmarks still recognizable, but transformed in fundamental ways.” Of course, Wallace’s new book was supposed to be transformational in its ability to meld science and faith as one common body. Nonetheless, it’s clear that his understanding of evolutionary processes (cosmic and biological) have entirely devoured his theology.

His Darwin is indeed a consuming fire:

Paying the usual undue homage to Darwin, Wallace then retells (the whole book is just a collection of bizarre and unrelated stories…to the point I felt like I was reading Don Delillo’s, White Noise, again) a story of he and his wife visiting the National Museum of Natural History. Long story short, Wallace rolls “back through countless forms over hundreds of millions of years,” and affirms, “This is Darwin’s vision, and what a happy overload it is” (pg79). Happy? Not for Darwin. As Darwin would write (late in his life), More.

Do a lot of Baptists think this way?

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2 Replies to “Is this guy the Baptist Dawkins?

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    bornagain77 says:

    This might interest you News. James Tour has a new lecture up.

    The Origin of Life: An Inside Story – March 2016 Lecture with James Tour
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zQXgJ-dXM4

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    jimmontg says:

    I am a Baptist. Of the Charles Spurgeon mold. It was the writing of the Puritans and especially Spurgeon who gave me joy and peace in the Lord. So few American fundamentalists understand that. They are more about rules than the Ruler. Now this brother of atheists joins up with them? Pity and mercy and above all extraordinary Grace is what they need.

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