In “At BioLogos, Still Critiquing the Book Steve Meyer Didn’t Write” (Evolution News & Views, September 15, 2011) David Klinghoffer observes that the BioLogos Foundation’s president Darrel Falk can’t seem to grasp that in Signature in the Cell, Meyer is talking about the problems of origin of life, not Darwinian evolution. Most analysts of the problem see it as a different one because – apart from design – we have no reason to suppose that hydrogen atoms are trying to maximize the survival of their selfish genes by becoming people. But Falk – choosing to write about an argument he thinks he can refute instead of the one that was made – engages in God talk so sugary that it makes observant Jew Klinghoffer cringe:
Falk is full of assurances that Dr. Meyer is not only a “friend and colleague” but a “fellow Christian,” sharing with Dr. Falk the belief that “a Mind” lies behind the process of life’s unfolding. “We both stand amazed at the majesty of creation and our love for the Creator,” Falk writes. He invokes “God’s Holy Spirit. That Spirit not only fills all of creation, but more specifically that Spirit fills us with his Presence and envelops us in his love. This is cause for celebration and, with ‘sandals off,’ we each bow our heads in humble worship. Truly, we — all of us — are standing on holy ground.”
From occasionally perusing the BioLogos website, I’ve come to realize that such talk about holiness and humility and love often accompanies some kind of innuendo or slur. When the sandals come off, the knife comes out.
It’s their evangelical outreach, David. We will know they are Christians by their shove, by their shove …
Jesus never seems to take – or get – a break.
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