If you are following the comments, you will see one writer who accuses me of being dishonest. There are many more out there who think the same thing. They rush to judgment because they miss the point of this series of blogs. One accuses me of being dishonest because the evolutionist websites he checks says my facts are wrong. He dismisses out of hand any others as being creationist and, therefore, wrong. Sigh. The whole point of this series is that this is the way all groups handle data. Creationists — many of whom are scientists — have some very good arguments and some very silly ones. Evolutionists also have some very good arguments and some very silly ones. Intelligent Design guys have misfired on some of their ideas but they have a ton of good ones. So… who is right? What bothers me is that so many — like some of my critics — rely on one set of data that their side has agreed on (after many years of arguing and then selectively deleting those arguments) while dismissing the other people out of hand.
I haven’t even gotten to the creationists and ID guys yet. I haven’t started on how Christians often misuse their data and evidence. And yet the knees are jerking.
And people wonder why I’ve wondered whether it is time for me to just stop this blog. Trust me, I have enough to do! In fact, one writer accused me of being a coward for not posting all the material he sent in without taking time to check on what was going on in my life right now. I am in New Jersey, a long way from my office and materials and my wife is back in Colorado Springs where fires are displacing the members of our church as they leap the canyons and draw ever closer. I have other things on my mind than going through a point by point refutation of every commenter’s email. If that bothers you, I would suggest you might want to get your own blog and stop reading this one.
Rushing to judgment and leaping ahead as if you understand where this is going isn’t helping. I’ll write again here but not soon. Two days after I get back, we have to secure our home and then head to Nashville to talk to people about love and grace. I’ll have no time to engage in the give and take some are demanding for quite some time. Sorry. Kind of.