I have a proposal for the least controversial terms!
After a year or two on some Atheist blogs - - disputing the pro’s and con’s of religion vs. no religion - - I landed on this list and suddenly found out that long before we can ever get to the topic of God or No-God, people were willing to fall on their sword over such terms even as basic of Theist!
After spending so much time on “Theist” or “No Theist” discussions … all of a sudden discussions were being hijacked over whether Theism meant ANY scenario with God … or if it could only mean scenarios of Monotheism or non-Deism, and so forth.
What a huge time sink! And lately, we are even disputing whether “God Intervenes (ongoing)” vs. “God Intervened (once at creation)”. UGH!!! We argue about what ID means… what TE means… and even what Darwinism means!
Terribly toxic time wasters.
I PROPOSE THE FOLLOWING:
- Avoid like the plague, catch-all labels like “Intelligent Design”, “Theistic Evolution”, and even Darwinism & Neo-Darwinism.
- DO use terms like:
a) Young Earth Creationism;
b) God-Guided Evolution; and
c) Evolution Without God.
If you use these three terms, you’ll spend most of your time arguing and disputing over what you WANT to dispute … not over terminology. And by using these terms, it will no longer be necessary to criticize Collins or Giberson over how they define Intelligent Design of Theistic Evolution.
They are both discussing God-Guided Evolution vs. Evolution without God. No arguing over that will be necessary!
[NOTE: I almost named the topic “What Eddie taught me …” but I think the topic name I ended up using is less likely to trigger another round of disputation.]