---- ken <[address removed]> wrote:
> I wasn't addressing the validity of Charles' statements. In fact, I
> don't even disagree with them. My point concerned how an argument
> should be addressed. Since no one seems to be getting that, and since
> it's a minor point, it doesn't seem worth talking about anymore.
> On 08/09/[masked]:48 PM somebody named Michael wrote:
> > Todd and Ken,
> > I consider Charles' criticism to be valid for three reasons;
> > * One, the statement, "I do not believe in evolution." is an
> > assertion. It requires the person saying it to have at the very
> > least an understanding of what Evolution entails, what role it
> > plays in both society, religion, and science, as well as knowing
> > the ramifications of making such a statement. Making such an
> > assertion challenges the viewpoint of anyone who does believe in
> > the Theory of Evolution, and does not exempt the individual from
> > being challenged in kind.
> > * Two, the Theory of Evolution is the culmination of centuries of
> > the scientific efforts to piece together the great biological,
> > geographic, astronomical, and paleological mysteries of our planet
> > into a (if not simple and gratifying explanation) comprehensive
> > theory on how we and everything around us got here. To not
> > "believe" in the Theory, it is expected that a rational minded
> > person must have a reason for not believing. I, and I believe
> > Charles as well, expect that any person who doubts or disbelieves
> > in Evolution would do so for a far greater reason than their own
> > religious inclinations.
> > * Three, we live in a society in which the debate over the teaching
> > of Evolution is dominated by scientifically retarded religious
> > zealots; people who are so inured in their own dogmas they
> > willingly corrupt the very definition and methods of science to
> > support their beliefs. It is no stretch of the imagination to
> > predict the catastrophic effect their success would have on
> > science and rational thought in this nation. I will argue that
> > the very nature of science demands any person disbelieving in the
> > Theory should have solid explanation for doing so. We do not have
> > the luxury of passively ignoring that belief when the
> > repercussions are so great.
> > Now, with all that said, I should say that their is a distinction
> > between ones belief or lack thereof in Evolution, and the many in which
> > they live their lives. I do not for on second assert that any person
> > can be defined as either good or bad, moral or immoral, compassionate or
> > heartless, or intelligent or stupid. The Theory plays a minor role in
> > the lives of most people, regardless of their belief in it.
> > What I do believe is that the Theory of Evolution should be treated with
> > the same respect, dignity, and understanding as any theological belief
> > of creation demands.
> > Michael
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