Randy Isaac, the executive director of the ASA (i.e., the American Scientific Affiliation — an organization of evangelical Christians largely committed to theistic evolution) will give a talk titled “Science: A Misused Weapon in a Religious War” at Baylor on September 9th. I’m fifteen minutes from the school, so I’ll probably be there. For details, see below.
From his talk description, Isaac seems to have things exactly backwards. For Isaac the science-faith problem is a clash of competing religious perspectives. In fact, the problem is a clash of two competing scientific conceptions of biological and cosmological origins, one that incorporates real teleology, the other that eschews it. These two scientific conceptions have radically different implications metaphysically. Hence the enormous stakes in this debate.
If Isaac and the ASA seriously want to turn back the conflict over ID in that organization and in the wider culture, they need to start by admitting that ID begins as a scientific alternative to materialistic approaches to biological and cosmological origins and stop psychoanalyzing ID and its proponents.
Dr. Randy Isaac
ASA Executive Director
Science: A Misused Weapon in a Religious War
Tuesday, September 9th, 5:30 PM
Roger Engineering Rm. 109
Baylor University, Waco, Texas
If science and Christian faith are in ultimate harmony, why is there so much conflict today in our school boards, churches, classrooms, and courtrooms? The metaphor of war has been used since the late 19th century to describe the severity of the conflict. The real war is not between science and Christianity but between different religious perspectives, with science misused as the weapon of choice. Evolutionism, creationism, and the Intelligent Design movement are some of the combatants in this religious war between metaphysical naturalism and theism. By examining the motivation behind these movements, we can derive a better understanding of the relationship between science and our Christian faith. Science and religion must be presented in the proper perspective in our educational system.
The best place to park is in the parking garage at the corner of University Parks and Dutton. This is a map from the Baylor website. The parking garage is bldg 69 and the Engineering bldg is 70. http://www.baylor.edu/map/index.php?id=10789