Here, observant Jew Dennis Prager responds to Giberson and Stephens’ “evangelicals are “anti-science” schtick:
With regard to those evangelicals — and for that matter, those ultra-orthodox Jews — who believe that Earth is less than 10,000 years old and that there either were no dinosaurs or that they lived alongside human beings, my reaction has always been: So what? I believe that Earth is many millions of years old, that “six days” is meant as six periods of time (the sun wasn’t even created until the third day, so how could there have been any days before then?) and that dinosaurs preexisted man by millions of years.
But what real-life problem is caused by people who believe otherwise? Does it affect any of their important behaviors in life? Do they not take their children to doctors? Do they oppose medical research? Do they reject scientific discoveries that affect our lives? No. Not at all. Are there no evangelical or ultra-orthodox Jewish doctors? Of course there are, and apparently they are very comfortable learning and practicing science.
Compared to the many irrational beliefs of secular, leftist intellectuals — good and evil exist even though there is no God; male and female are interchangeable; international institutions are the hope of mankind – evangelical irrational beliefs are utterly benign.
– “Are Evangelicals or University Professors More Irrational?”, (Townhall , October 25, 2011)
Some political analysts diagnose the problem thus: There are very dangerous religious crackpots in the world, but no overhyped celeb, academic or otherwise, goes after them. They’re too dangerous. It’s easier to thump the tub about people with lots of kids and unpopular ideas.
Airhead TV eats it up with no hard questions, like “Prof, have you tried saying it in Tehran yet?”. Being “for peace,” Airhead TV accepts the prof’s value system, which is: Only attack safe targets, choose helpless ones.
If these professors typify the views of Eastern Nazarene, which is officially listed as a Christian university, it is reason for despair.
Well, so far as we know, Giberson parted ways with Eastern Nazarene recently. We think that in allowing the world to know that he finds it hard to recognize his religious tradition “in the mainstream evangelical conversation,” he is signalling that he will be another reliable anti-evangelical voice in the MSM commentariat. Not that they were short-handed there.
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