I really wish I could get out of here. I didn’t realize how entrenched in culture war against the universities the white evangelical megachurches were until I surveyed them for five years and saw the fingerprints of the Discovery Institute everywhere.
I sometimes ask God to be delivered. These people don’t seem interested in building bridges of communication with nonbelieving professors and nonbelieving students of science.
Considering what happened with the Polanyi Center at Baylor, there is little bridge building with ECs as well.
If you find talking about evolution hard in church, I hope you don’t live in Dallas. I have never seen it this bad because nowhere else in Dixie I have lived had the millions of dollars to get Discovery’s attention.
The Institute for Creation Research adds to the local conflagration. But I do not sense from them a desire to overthrow so many facets of American life as Discovery aspires to.
ICR has never left its central commitment to evangelism as the reason for its existence.
The shadow of Discovery looms over Dallas Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist as well.
Virtually every megachurch I have seen that is dominated by white evangelicals has either strongly married itself to ICR or Discovery.
If antievolutionist culture causes your head to split open when you go to church as a fan of mainstream science, I suppose what God wants is for relationships to be rebuilt away from the spotlight of the megachurches and the institutes.
So I am focusing on small and invisible churches close to colleges and trying to strike up conversations about Dover and the Polanyi incident there.
For the purpose of discernment as to how the hostility toward the science professor can be dealt with.