In the comments box to my post of yesterday, someone wrote re Hugh Ross speaking at the ID conference in Toronto:
I also find folks like Hugh Ross whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s speaking there in Toronto somewhat unsavory (if I may use such a word). He should be a big supporter of Intelligent Design, yet his article in the first issue of Salvo (http://www.salvomag.com/subscribe.html) was just terrible. YÃ¢â‚¬â„¢all should have a look in preparation for the conferenceÃ¢â‚¬â€or is there still hope to win him over and so even we had better be nice?
From Denyse: Well, Hugh Ross is currently our guest in Toronto, so we will give him a polite hearing no matter what he says.
My own view is that Ross clings to an older model of the “top down vs. bottom up” universe debate that focuses on defending congruence between science and the Bible.
In that, I think Ross is mistaken. The Darwinists’ war is against meaning and purpose in general, not against meaning and purpose as demonstrated in the Bible. My quotations from Darwinist E.O. Wilson in the linked post clearly demonstrate that, and it would be very easy to multiply examples. (Hence the perfidy of clergy who would take Wilson’s “Dear Pastor” invitation seriously.)
Now, if you can demonstrate that the universe is top down – rather than bottom up -Ã‚Â it is a separate question whether the matter is best explained by the Bible, the Bhagavad-Gita, traditional tribal lore, the perennial philosophy, Islam, Wicca, the self-organizing universe, orÃ‚Â some system I of thought that I have never heard of.
As a Christian, I am comfortable defending traditional Christian positions, butÃ‚Â also think that we must put First Things first.
(And yes, I do recommend First Things as an ecumenical Christian publication.)