This just popped up at the creationist website of the Discovery Institute: Dallas Conference on Science & Faith, January 18-19: “Tear Down This Wall!” It was written by Klinghoffer Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Those are the historic words of Ronald Reagan, in 1987, directed against the wall then dividing the eastern and western portions of the city of Berlin — “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall!” A similarly artificial and oppressive divide separates the realms of faith and science, a wall that needs to be demolished.
An “artificial and oppressive divide”? Not really. If creationists have evidence, we’ll look at it. If their “theories” make testable predictions, we’ll test them. Otherwise, they’re in Time Cube territory. Anyway, Klinghoffer says:
That’s the provocative thesis of the Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, to be held just two months from now, January 18-19, 2019. Join philosopher of science Stephen Meyer [a Discoveroid senior fellow], radio host and bestselling author Eric Metaxas, theologian and Privileged Planet author Jay Richards, and Rice University synthetic organic chemist James Tour [praised by Jack Chick — see James Tour at the Jack Chick Website] as we breach the fabled wall.
Skipping a paragraph with links about registration and pricing, he tells us:
Whether science can cast light on the eternally urgent questions [Like what?] has been a subject of debate by philosophers going back to the Middle Ages and beyond. It’s also, obviously, very much of the moment today. From the announcement of the event by Discovery Institute:
[He quotes his Discoveroid masters:] According to a nationwide survey, more than two-thirds of atheists and one-third of agnostics believe that “the findings of science make the existence of God less probable,” while nearly half of self-identified theists believe “the findings of science are neutral with regard to the existence of God.” But what if there is another option? [Ooooooooooooh!] What if the discoveries of science actually lend support to belief in God?
That has never happened, despite creationist claims to the contrary. So now they’re having a whole conference about that creationist clunker. He continues:
At the Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, we’ll tackle subjects including “The Return of the God Hypothesis,” “The Miracle of the Universe,” “The Privileged Planet,” “The Mystery of the Origin of Life,” and “Darwin’s Doubt.” There will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to participate — questioning, challenging, and learning from a group of stellar scholars. [Hee hee!] Find the full schedule here. [Link omitted.]
Wowie — just what you were looking for! Let’s read on:
One view, favored in the media and academia, says that faith stands separate from science, or that science has displaced faith. [The fools!] For religious believers, the timid option seeks to shelter one’s religion, walling it off from either scientific challenge or scientific support. [Cowards!] Another perspective seeks validation of religious doctrines and treats science as a resource to back those up.
Is there any other option? Yes! Here it comes:
But the most daring and dynamic possibility asserts the value of a genuine conversation. It extends respect to faith and science and seeks to learn what we can from both, following the evidence wherever it leads. Now that is exciting.
Are you excited, dear reader? Of course you are. Klinghoffer tells you what to do:
Please consider participating in this important event. The location is the Park Cities Baptist Church [Perfect location!], Dallas, TX. But do take action before December 14!
If you decide to go, tell ’em the Curmudgeon sent ya.
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