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collapsing Darwinism. Here’s one:

Evolutionize your life. Religion is well known for offering people peace and meaning. What does Darwin have to offer? A lot, thinks one militant theistic evolutionist whose mission is to help Darwinian evolution gain acceptance in churches. Michael Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow have produced a self-help course on a website called “Evolutionize Your Life.” Their “Essential Five-Week Course” promises, “Learn the scientific tools and practices to decode human behavior, eliminate self-judgment, and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity” [emphasis theirs]. Dowd has taught his concepts to 100,000 people so far, saying, “Science has cracked the code not only for understanding but for working with our evolved human nature.” One prominent heading in the presentation states, “Science Is Helping Spirituality Evolve.”

File under: The evolution of snake oil.

Also: The evolution of Gowd.

I expect that in a pinch you’d be allowed to wear a tin-foil beanie.
But in a thunderstorm? Mung
"I would join their church of Darwin, but I don’t want to wear a spaghetti strainer on my head so as to ‘eliminate self-judgment’ and reach ‘nirvana’." I expect that in a pinch you'd be allowed to wear a tin-foil beanie. Ilion
News, BLTB Files, The following is a comment by one Charles M. left on the blog you linked that I think is apt: "'But how can a scientific hypothesis account for opposite results?'" "Easy - Because the proposed mechanism is RANDOMNESS, sorted out through ‘natural selection’ (i.e. if it ‘works’, keep it, if not, scrap it). Using the same logic, I can ‘predict’ with ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY, that if I toss a coin, it will land either heads or tails up. It is indeed a win-win situation. This is the main problem I have with the evolutionary ‘explanations’. Every other scientific field of study does its best to minimize or eliminate random effects. Only the ‘science’ of evolution elevates randomness to the status of God." http://crev.info/content/110714-evolutionary_contradiction_as_mental_illness The view that with randomness (a coin toss) I get "a big-hearted life of purpose" as a default (as long as I work towards it by "learn(ing) the scientific tools and practices to decode human behavior" is apparently what Gowd er...Dowd believes, while he doesn't seem to have the logical capacity to recognize the contradiction. I would suggest to him that before he worries about learning the scientific tools through evolution, that he teaches his students to develop certain other tools through evolution: recognizing logical contradictions; then maybe they could find their own way home. BLTB=blind leading the blind CannuckianYankee
I would join their church of Darwin, but I don't want to wear a spaghetti strainer on my head so as to 'eliminate self-judgment' and reach 'nirvana'. bornagain77
“Learn the scientific tools and practices to: "decode human behavior", Romans 2:14: "14 For whenever people of the nations that do not have law do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves. 15 They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they are being accused or even excused. 16"   Romans 7:18, 19, 21-23: “Ability to wish is present with me, but ability to work out what is fine is not present. For the good that I wish I do not do, but the bad that I do not wish is what I practice.” Why did this man find it difficult to practice the good that he wished? He explained: “I find, then, this law in my case: that when I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me. I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within, but I behold in my members another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my members." "eliminate self-judgment", Lecturer Eric D’Arcy observed: “In the pagan writers conscience did not appear on the scene until after the action was performed, and its role was purely judicial; but in [the Bible], conscience is credited with a legislative function. Hebrews 13:18 - "18 Carry on prayer for us, for we trust we have an honest conscience, as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things." Psalms 97:10 - "O YOU lovers of Jehovah, hate what is bad. He is guarding the souls of his loyal ones; Out of the hand of the wicked ones he delivers them." Romans 14:19 - "19 So, then, let us pursue the things making for peace and the things that are upbuilding to one another." "and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity” Integrity means blamelessness, soundness in moral principles, uprightness, honesty, state of being whole, entire. But if you eliminate self-judgment as above, allowing for moral relativism, then how can you possibly be a person of integrity if your integrity changes with the times? Barb
That this man is called a "theistic evolutionist" should make any proper TE worried. nullasalus

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