She derives all of this is a most specious and disingenuous way. The poll contains data dating back to 1981. But, Haarsma cherry picks convenient dates spanning small periods of time in order to make her case (specifically confining the span of interest to just three years: 2014-present). If we simply look at the entire pattern from 1981 to the present we see a very different reality: In 1981, the number of people ascribing to the YEC view was 44%. Today it is 38%. In 1981, the number of people ascribing to the “theistic evolution” view was 38%. It’s exactly 38% today. No change over the last 36 years. In 1981, just 9% ascribed to the atheist view. Today, it is 19%. Take home message: Atheism has more than doubled, and theistic evolution hasn’t budged. Quite a different story than Haarsma offers.
Taking the long view, we see support for my thesis: The BioLogos crowd is not interested in converting evolutionists into Christians, but rather converting Christians into evolutionists. Haarsma is overjoyed that there are fewer YECists in the world, even as there are twice as many atheists (a pattern supported by another recent article). This also supports a statement made by Slate Magazine last year:
“BioLogos is a stopgap, the training wheels you put on your bike before realizing you can ride without them.”More.
Riding that bike could get you killed, actually.
See also: Wayne Rossiter: One jacket, two books, both wrong
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