This one at the creationist blog of the Discovery institute may signal a whole new era in their war against Darwin’s theory of evolution, and maybe science in general. It’s titled Stephen Meyer, Eric Metaxas: Are Atheists Gaslighting Us?, and it was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Stephen Meyer and Eric Metaxas talked about their respective new books — Return of the God Hypothesis and Is Atheism Dead? [Links omitted!] The two are in agreement about a great deal, and in fact Eric in his book employs arguments for intelligent design developed by Meyer and other ID theorists, with full credit.
Thrilling news — two creationist authors talked about their new creationist books, and they agree with each other. Whoopie! Also, for those not familiar with his name, according to Wikipedia, Eric Metaxas “is an American Christian author, speaker, and conservative radio host.” Then everything gets strange. Klinghoffer says:
But one interesting question where they don’t quite overlap emerges in the conversation. [What could it be?] Metaxas gently chides Dr. Meyer for his graciousness to opponents in the world of scientific atheism.
Meyer is too gracious? What behavior does Metaxas want? Klinghoffer tells us:
Eric raises the question of whether the atheists [Scientist = atheist?] are gaslighting us — given how absurd their defenses against theism seem to be. He notes directed panspermia and the multiverse as illustrations.
There’s an ark-load of stuff in that. Aside from the claim that “evolution = atheism,” there’s the delightful word gaslighting. It means “to cause a person to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation.” And how do we get creationists to doubt their sanity? Metaxas says we’re always ranting about directed panspermia and the multiverse. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Frankly, your Curmudgeon has never known anyone on the evolution side who seriously cared about those things, but Metaxas thinks they’re bedrock concepts. Klinghoffer continues:
This suggests to Metaxas that the proper response, even to distinguished scientists like the late Steven Weinberg or Stephen Hawking, is laughter and ridicule, not respectful engagement.
Metaxas is a really classy guy! Let’s read on. Klinghoffer says:
It’s an idea…but I come down more on Steve Meyer’s side on this one. Not because I’m persuaded that there is an obligation always to be winsome. There’s a time for peace and a time for war, after all.
That’s what he said — in the great debate between evolution and creationism, there’s a time for peace and a time for war. Klinghoffer finishes with this:
But if the objective is to persuade and enlighten, then you have to take opponents’ ideas seriously, present them in their strongest and most sophisticated form, and then dismantle them, as Meyer does in his book. [Hee hee!] That aside, it’s an entertaining and illuminating episode of The Eric Metaxas Radio Show. Metaxas is a great host and interlocutor, as always. You’ll find it here. [Link omitted!]
It’s a good thing the Discoveroids are still in a peaceful mode. We shudder to think what would happen to us if they were unleashed.
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