Thank you. Then the question is, to me, do we interpret and deny evidence based on a theological prejudice? If we do, then we can’t keep up an honest or meaningful conversation with anyone.
We should not presuppose anything. To be honest, we have to interpret the evidence as it is; otherwise, we can not expect anyone else to do the same.
To extend it further: If we are talking with a Muslim or Hindu about their holy book, then if we say we are justified to throw aside evidence because of our presuppositions based on our interpretations (often which are wrong) of our own holy book, how can we expect them to listen to us and examine their own prejudices based on their books? Do we not have to deliberately and painfully shed our “likes” and as honestly as possible examine the evidence at hand, in order to communicate and treat others as we would be treated? It seems to me that that is what Christ would do.
I think we are talking about two different things–atheism and science. Science relies on a world where God doesn’t intervene randomly; otherwise, we could never make interpretations or predictions. Science observes and predicts based on reproducible experiments. You can’t find God by science, because God is “not a tame Lion.” It’s not out of prejudice; it’s just the way things go. It doesn’t negate God to look for a way that life might have come about. In fact, if God didn’t have a direct hand in the origin of life, that doesn’t, in my opinion, negate God. There’s so much more to Him than that–Judge, Mercy Giver, All-Wise (Jehovah Rapha, etc).
Denis Lamoureux describes in his book, “Evolution: Scripture and Nature Say Yes,” how at Regent College in Canada he brought an ICR spokesman (Gish? I don’t recall) to discuss young earth Creation in opposition to one of his Bible teachers who believed that evolution was true. At the end of the term, the professor asked Dr Lamoureux, “Denis, if evolution were true, would that take away your belief in Christ?”
He had to really soul search on that, but realized that that would not be the case. @DOL, I am grateful for the recording of your struggle (if you’re reading this), as it helps us to see where others have struggled, too.
You might also like this blurb by Justin Barrett, a Christian studier of the cognitive science of religion–who studies how and why we believe, but points out that that doesn’t mean there isn’t an objective of our devotion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwqMarigC1A
@edgar, thanks for your discussion.