Great idea. I’ve mostly been a lurker on the Forum, I’ve gained much from reading many of the gems posted here. Unfortunately, one has to wade through a lot of material to find those gems and I applaud any effort to make them easier to find.
By that I don’t just mean ground-breaking facts or interesting citations. I value things like the instructive analogies and new ways to describe old concepts. I’ve often found myself saving those teachable tidbits which I’ve often struggled to explain to someone with limited science or theology background. As I see it, this is a wonderful aspect of Biologos’ mission.
I look forward to seeing how you go about titling and keyword-tagging such material.
I do wish that there was a way to bring in defenders of young earth and anti-evolution viewpoints which were a step up from the usual AIG-style copy-and-paste. Yet, many will no doubt benefit from seeing the classics rebutted. But speaking personally, I wish I could see more exchanges dealing with the arguments published by the few young earth creationists who hold PhD’s from relevant fields of science. I’m thinking of Dr. Todd Wood, for example. I disagree with most of his conclusions about the scientific evidence but he seems to be among the very few Christian skeptics of billions of years and evolution who actually appears to understand how science works. Plus, he often rebukes and distances himself from the pervasive science-ignorant nonsense of AIG, ICR, and the like. No wonder that so many of the young earth community either despise or completely ignore him. He tells them truths that they don’t want to hear and he seems to do so with grace and a Christ-like demeanor.
I know it is a lot to wish for but in the interest of maximum fairness to those of the creation science world, I’d love to read more dialogue with the best (??? Yeah, I know) of the young earth side of things and not just the same lame propaganda arguments that simply play on the science-ignorance and Bible-ignorance of vulnerable audiences.
Yes. Call me a dreamer. I appreciate that many of this forum are willing to grit their teeth and explain for the millionth time why “But it’s still a worm or bacteria or coelacanth!” or “Everybody has the same evidence. They differ only in interpretations.” and other foolishness classics are silly arguments. But it would also be refreshing to see exchanges involving the ideas of the very few within young earth and anti-evolution circles who at least try to act like real scientists who can pursue evidence where it leads and don’t just get paid to spout the usual YEC ministry claptrap. Admittedly they are very hard to find but there are probably people on this forum who know where they are and perhaps even subscribe to their blogs and newsletters.
For example, one of my interests is hearing from Todd Wood and colleagues and why the much trumpeted baraminology research at Answers in Genesis has failed to produce anything. (I also wonder why a tiny fraction of the many millions AIG spends on building programs and tourist traps can’t be diverted to actual “creation science” research. For years we’ve been told that creation science suffered from discrimination against their research and that that prevented them from receiving large financial grants. So now that organizations like AIG take in well over $20 million per year, and that’s not even counting special projects like the Ark Park and the original fundraising for the Creation Museum, shouldn’t all that money make the first scientist beneficiaries of such bounty capable of taking advantage of the low-hanging fruit of being the first well-funded researchers in a wide-open field? Inquiring minds want to know!)
Please excuse my dreaming out loud. I guess it may be due to the fact that I have so many great friends who are young earth creationists and really do represent some of the best examples of what it means to be Christ-like, yet they have been generally stereotyped according to some of the worst but most prominent spokespersons and figureheads at the various young earth ministries. It just doesn’t seem fair to them, even though I disagree with them on so many of their views.
Admittedly, the Dr. Todd Wood types of examples within the young earth side of the fence are hard to find, but surely there are more of them out there. (Sadly, the major ministries won’t have anything to do with them, for obvious reasons. Dr. Wood has repeatedly called them on their dishonesty and their dishonorable quote-mining and just plain ignorant dismissal of science facts. Dr. Wood keeps losing the limited institutional funding that he has had in the past.)
Of course, I probably have an ulterior motive if I scrutinize my thinking. I’m confident that YECs like Dr. Wood, precisely because they are trained scientists who are willing to be honest with the evidence, will eventually leave the YEC world just as so many other former YECs have done. (My favorite professor who got me interested in these topics is one of those.)
By the way, I do realize that in Dr. Wood’s case, he felt he had an unpleasant experience cooperating in a dialogue with a scholar with Biologos ties. I hope that that experience does not prevent productive dialogue in the future.
That’s my two cents.