The Discovery Institute is coming here to Dallas on February 20th. When they come it is often to an audience of 500-1000.
The Institute for Creation Research has a museum here worth I think 30 million.
To ICR people I want to say…
…”Look, I know your group is tied to the 1970s push for defending biblical inerrancy…but do you see the tight spot your position is putting students into?
“You are saying the earth was created 6,000 years ago and all fossils were deposited by the Flood.
“The student is thus forced to decide whether multiple science departments are deceiving him or whether his pastor is deluded in his interpretation of Genesis 1-11.”
To the Discovery Institute I would say…
…”I know you’re upset that Richard Dawkins called people who reject evolution insane or evil in his 1980s book The Blind Watchmaker…
…but don’t you see what a mess happened in Dover in 2005 during and after the trial? Is this following the Great Commandment? Was God glorified in this process?
I know there are students who have benefitted from learning PhDs believe in a designer and that a student’s faith in a purposeful universe can survive professor’s attacks…
…but can Discovery afford to turn these students into culture warriors? Is that spiritual?
Biologos provides an important counterweight to this system heavily loaded with antievolutionists since Morris’s publication of The Genesis Flood in 1961.
Campus Crusade of which I was a part was and is heavily connected to Discovery. I don’t know where Intervarsity stands formally.
I hope YECs, ID people, and ECs can see how short our lives are in terms of influencing the next generation.
YEC thrives in the countryside churches. Those churches have youth groups that are keeping kids away from sex and drugs.
ID is helping some students including my pastor feel confident the historic faith has a place on the secular campus.
BioLogos is making the point that “science and faith need not be at war.”
I hope we all…all three…can see the students as first priority in our dealings among ourselves as elders and influencers.
These kids are just looking for guides. But sometimes the guides argue. And the kids can get hurt or leave us all behind and abandon the church.