I (O’Leary for News ) must have first met Bill Dembski (who started this blog in 2005) at some Christian meet in the Toronto area, Canada, roughly 2002.
You know, the usual Templeton-funded stuff, aimed at sedating and anaesthetizing Christians in science while their hands are conveniently chopped off. They are more useful that way.
Bill struck a chord with me because his main point was, information theory cannot be incorporated into this so-easy-victory-for-materialism agenda.
I’d never before heard anyone offer evidence as to why the unbelievable just isn’t true.
As opposed to the usual rubbish: We should quiet our concerns by developing two lives, one in which we assent that the unbelievable is true (and get good jobs). Otherwise, we could assert what we know, as believable and evidence-based, and then be marginalized or destroyed.
I was inclined to kick the whole thing upside the cow shed.
No wonder Dembski became a hated man. Hated on both sides because, apart from any other way in which he might be a threat, he offers lazy “Christians in science” a chance to fight – which they absolutely did not want. They want to make a living by surrendering a bit at a time, via grants.
Almost all evidence-based conflict around evolution turns on the claim that Darwinism (natural selection acting on random mutations) creates vast amounts of new information in life forms. And that cannot be true, on probability grounds alone. See Bill’s book, Being as Communion, for a start.
The worrying thing is that it no longer matters whether Darwinism is or could possibly be true; only if it conforms to some admin/gov guideline.
Note: Well, okay, if you want to be specific, this post is 15001. Eric Anderson surged ahead of the pack. Usual news coverage resumes shortly.
Anyway, Bill, here’s to 20,000!
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