Listening to creationists can strengthen our understanding of evolution
Sounds promising. As John Sturt Mill put it, people who do not understand the arguments against their position do not know their own position well. One naturally wonders why it takes so long for some people to tumble to that, but never mind.
Can we learn from creationists – people who deny evolution? I think so. It is not enough to say, as Richard Dawkins notoriously did: “If you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane…” That’s a dead end. Conversation is a two-way street, and if I want creationists to learn from me, I must at least in principle be ready to learn from them.
Okay, but what follows is a mere rehash of classical Darwinian talking points, along the lines that order can merely somehow arise from chaos, Order for Free. Yet we know that, when observed, things don’t happen that way.
Darwinism is somewhat like the traditional notion of the spontaneous generation of life. It is never actually demonstrated, only propounded. As in the case of Darwinian evolution by widely publicized piffling examples like Darwin’s finches, which, after all the science media hoopla, remain just finches, with varying adaptations from one cycle of seasons to the next. But then we read,
And lastly, creationists complain, evolution doesn’t explain consciousness, define morality, or give meaning and purpose to our lives. But should we expect it to? There is much to think about here; much to learn from. More.
Excuse us but Darwinists, heart and soul, are attempting to explain consciousness, define morality, and give meaning and purpose to our lives every day and we hear from them a lot. Of course it’s all vulgar and absurd, and it’s no surprise that many atheists, agnostics, and non-church-goers don’t “believe in” evolution—possibly in consequence.
Listen to creationists to strengthen evolution? For some people, listening to themselves would be faster and better.
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Teaching evolution to creationist students: Why would anyone who was embarking on teaching evolution as a serious project in good faith try to involve a virulently anti-religious figure like Dawkins in the argument?
Tales of the Tone Deaf, featuring dim profs writing in dozy journals about why people doubt Science and how to fix them.
What the fossils told us in their own words