So says David Heddle:
I only stop by Pandas Thumb because I find it amusing when the evolutionary fundamentalists get their panties all bunched up over this or that perceived injustice.
And they are fundamentalists. At least in my opinion. To me, the most striking features of fundamentalists are
- The refusal to engage in meaningful debate, often by resorting to ad hominem attacks (Panda?s Thumb is a world leader in ad hominem tactics, I have never seen, since middle school, such frequent use of arguing by calling one?s opponents “stupid, crackpots, idiots, morons, etc.”)
- Seeing their various opponents as mere manifestations of a larger, evil conspiracy. The PT crowd is more adept than Hillary at this.
- Elitism, in the form of “I know what is right and important for you, even if you don?t.” In spite of the fact that students have reported that they just laughed at the textbook stickers (the controversial inserts stating that evolution is a theory, not fact, and should be approached with an open mind), the PTers feel a fundamentalist compulsion to protect them. They treat the students (for their own good, of course) as if they were feeble minded. I am still waiting for someone on Panda?s Thumb to admit that he is so stupid that, had the sticker been placed on his high school biology text, he would have ended up teaching Young Earth Creationism at Liberty University.
- The willingness to sacrifice principles for a “greater good (evolution).” I have read many comments on PT regarding the sticker controversy that could be summarized as: Although I?m all for democracy, it doesn?t matter, in this case, if the majority of the citizens in a district want ID mentioned in the classroom And a variant, along the lines of normally I wouldn’t want a judge to direct a school district’s curriculum or policies, but in this case I?ll make an exception.
David adds that he finds far more evidence of design in cosmology, chemistry, and physics than in biology, so he has “no real dog in this fight”, but I would suggest that he does. Since Darwinism is based on the assumption that biology is the product of random chemical interactions over time, caused by the nature of the cosmos which are defined by the laws of physics, doesn’t it follow that our very existence is proof, then, of design? There is too much overlapping ground between the fields of biology, chemistry, and physics to detach any one of them from the others.
Can the product of random chance–humanity–emerge from a delicately balanced, intelligently designed cosmos? And as a Christian, would not such a belief deny the original fall from grace, and thus the need for a Savior?