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Disingenuous or deceptive? December 30, 2008

Posted by rationalskeptic in Society and Culture, Supernatural.
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Lets redefine some terms

Lets redefine some terms






Answers in Genesis is a Christian website dedicated to defending biblical literalism. Every time a check their site I am blown away by one or two things: deception or dis-ingenuousness. 

P.Z. Myers sums it up very nicely:

“It’s true, I do have some presuppositions. I think that explanations should deal with as much of the evidence as possible; they should avoid contradictions, both internal and with the evidence from the physical world; they should be logical; they should make predictions that can be tested; they should have some utility in addressing new evidence. It’s not too much to ask, I don’t think. “Darwin” is not one of my presuppositions, however. Charles Darwin provided a set of explanations that, after some modification, meet my criteria. I am quite prepared to throw Darwin out, however, if a better explanation came along or if evidence that contradicted his ideas were discovered.”

Or better yet, read the blog:




1. Gabriel - January 9, 2009

“A Christian who understands these things can actually put on the evolutionist’s glasses (without accepting the presuppositions as true) and understand how they look at evidence. However, for a number of reasons, including spiritual ones, a non-Christian usually can’t put on the Christian’s glasses—unless they recognize the presuppositional nature of the battle and are thus beginning to question their own presuppositions.”
I like how this paragraph presupposes that non-Christians HAVE to be beginning to question their “faith” in science to, for a moment, try and see where Christians are coming from. And by that I mean I don’t like it really. Although the author does say “usually”…

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