Ted, when you say something is a "long term proposition" it could mean several things (it is a bit vague). It could mean that conservative evangelicals they are firm in their position. But I read it as saying that it will take a long time to change their minds... which is why it is hubris. I started to read your article, and then became disillusioned by the references to evangelicals and fundamentalists and the distinctions made between them. This may be entertaining for some, but is always always too simplistic to deal with the impact of a statement such that Brad made. The generalizations about both evangelicals and fundamentalists are arbitrary, judgemental, and far too broad. Accusing either group of being against theology or against science simply irritates me, and discredits those who judge in that way. It is a way of trying to go past their arguments and attacking the individuals.
For that reason, I've often said that you cannot have a real christian church that is not evangelical, and that rejects the fundamentals of the faith. I don't really care what you call them, but a true mainline church will be evangelical as well, and in so far as it is not, it is false. Even the Rom Cath church has been evangelical throughout time
If you are using the term in a different way, then you fall into the trap of division on the wrong grounds, and missing all the real significant things that Jesus wants us to pay attention to.
Then we probably agree, mostly. But the point is really that the world view is even adopted inadvertently and accidentally by many Christians. They are christians who utilize the atheistic world view without being aware of it. The point is how do you separate evolution from the atheistic world view? As Eddie has often said, I'm not sure that biologos has a good grasp on this. And this has nothing to do with evidence discovered by non-Christians. Even mere scientism is not the main problem, although it is related.
It is hard to make judgements about Darwin. But the general atmosphere of his influence was non-christian. His grandfather who influenced him lots was also a profligate immoral man. Russel Wallace eventually became a spiritualist. It is difficult to make serious distinctions between atheism and agnosticism when considering their influence on theoretical naturalism. (eg. I do not believe Ted Davis exists vs I believe no one can know that Ted Davis exists.) But, to some extent this is not the point. Modern approaches are now more relevant, and my experience has been noticing a general attitude of making God irrelevant in creation, to the point of ridicule of scripture should it even be mentioned in the discussion. So even christians who see some evolutionary evidence in the genetics or geology, are influenced by this general approach and worldview. It is not only the naturalism that is proposed, but the general lack of law or principle in the evolutionary theory that results from this. Most important however, is to ask yourself, how is this atheistic world view influencing my approach to the evolutionary theory?
This is entirely irrelevant. A world view does not have to be clarified in each piece of literature, in order to influence the literature or the decision to investigate certain pieces of evidence while delaying or ignoring other pieces of evidence. We would expect the discussions of world view to be rare in scientific research papers. This does not mean that worldviews do not influence.