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Templeton now rebranding Darwin rethink

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To avoid controversy.

No guff.

As Suzan Mazur, author of The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing “the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin,” tells it at Huffington Post:

The Big Questions are these: What exactly is the extended evolutionary synthesis (“ES”) John Templeton Foundation has recently funded with $8M (and $3M more going to ES from institutional contributions)? What good is an extended synthesis without the largest part of the biosphere — viruses — factored in? Why fund now, when ES has been kicking around ever since it was born at “Altenberg!“ eight years ago?

Paul Wason, Science and Religion chief at Templeton simply won’t say, declining my request for an interview and emailing that he “would prefer not to be involved in the debates.”

Zounds.

The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing 'the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin' His foundation is throwing millions at this thing and he doesn’t want to be involved in the debates?

Meanwhile, grant recipient spokesman Kevin Laland has claimed,

“The extended evolutionary synthesis does not replace traditional thinking [neo-Darwinism], but rather can be deployed alongside it to stimulate research”. More.

Top Darwin spear carrier Jerry Coyne doesn’t sound convinced, and you’d think he’d be the one most glad to hear that.

Simple question: If the extended evolutionary synthesis proves better able to account for much of the history of life, how won’t it do for Darwinism what the CD did for the eight-track tape?

Suzan Mazur From the very beginning, as Mazur notes, with the Altenberg meeting in 2008, the Darwin rethink squad has denied that there is a “crisis.”

What one means by a crisis can be a matter of interpretation. But when sixteen prominent figures find themselves at the same little-publicized watering hole somewhere in Austria and really don’t want anyone to know… well, maybe what people say about the schnitzel is all true.

Maybe. But then why is the Royal Society involved now? Time on their hands? Why does Templeton already want a piece of the action worth millions? Money to burn?

Like the traffic cop said, “You’re going to have to tell me something more convincing than this.”

Actually, the big mystery is, what are they all so afraid of? Darwin’s Bigs are all retired or retiring.

Sometimes people get so used to thinking and acting defensively that they don’t tend to notice when there really isn’t anything they have to defend anymore.

See also: How will rethinking Darwin affect the ID community?

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Forbidden! Darwin debunker must be stopped! Maybe this rethinking evolution thing is going too far if icons are toppling like snow loads falling off the roof… On the other hand, when it happens, just get out the shovel.

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One Reply to “Templeton now rebranding Darwin rethink

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    Theistic Evolutionists (TEs) have drifted into the “anything but” tide rip, where a great deal of debris has collected.

    Many of them, loving the praise of man rather than the approval of God, are ready to embrace “anything but” ID or Creationism, because they are not willing to pay the price of swimming against the tide to find the truth. They want intellectual fulfillment, but only as much as they can get within the jostling flotsam and jetsam washed together by contemporary culture.

    TEs should re-read Hebrews 13:10-14 (New Living Translation):

    “We have an altar from which the priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat. Under the old system, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, and the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by means of his own blood. So let us go out to him, outside the camp, and bear the disgrace he bore. For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

    In other words, Christians have no right to expect the earthly “food” of human applause and approval, or even the “meat” of a fully complete and intellectually fulfilling understanding of science and the universe, as our right and due reward for following God.

    On the contrary, we can and should expect the exact opposite: that God will not reveal a God’s-eye-view of everything in his creation until the proper time, and that following the truth of any kind will carry with it disgrace. That search will look more like the camel going through the proverbial eye of the needle gate only after having all its precious baggage removed and entering on its knees. Our yielding those rights, that precious baggage, to God and proclaiming that he knows best, is our sacrifice, and our worship. And that happens outside the town of worldly approval.

    Simply put, Templeton is trying to stay in town and buy its way out of all that. They should read Chapters 2 and 5 of the Biblical letter of James for some thoughts on that strategy ends.

    P.S. This approach is not the end of discovery; it is the true beginning. Newton, Maxwell and many others who have sought truth of the natural world explicitly with prayer to, and worship of, the Creator didn’t do too badly.

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