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Chris_The_Positivist's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by Chris_The_Positivist

"Dr. Sarfati is known for declaring that the biblical account of origins has abundant evidential support and has withstood the test of time."

He is also known for his misunderstanding of what constitutes evidence. I don't think any biblical account for our origins has "withstood the test of time" on the basis of the evidence. I think more on the basis of certain people putting their fingers in their ears and singing "la la la la la la la la".

Sat, 27 Mar 2010 14:48:00 UTC | #452997

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If I didn't laugh at the idea of a creation museum so close to where I live, I would cry hahahaha. It is so strange but I think reflective of current society where everybody's beliefs should be respected.....even if they look like they were made up by either extremely deluded individuals or some guy who thought 'hehe this will be a laugh'.

If this goes ahead, I want science classes taught in church and museums for the creation story of Hinduism/Buddhism/Scientology and every other wacky religion in circulation today. Each have as much claim to the truth as one another.

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 17:35:00 UTC | #372477

Go to: Brown plus Ruse vs. Myers: Are atheists responsible for creationism?

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I understand your point and I think I agree that we need every ally we can get. Unfortunately not every religious person is sophisticated enough to accept evolution and reject the idea that we are the special creation of a deity. Some are but I think the majority aren't. I think maybe we are playing the wrong kind of game by trying to accommodate those who agree with us, but underneath, share in the same views of the world as these rabid creationists. I feel these views are the root of the problem with creationist opposition. In my humble opinion and I know others will see it differently, to win this battle in the long term we need to pull no punches when discussing the absurdities of these religious doctrines. We need to kill the weed at root so to speak otherwise we undermine the idea that evidence and reason count for more than personal experience and handed down ancient scribblings from many questionable sources.

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 01:14:00 UTC | #372195

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Chris_The_Positivist's Avatar Jump to comment 9 by Chris_The_Positivist

I think we should be pushing back rather than simply accommodating the views of the religious. Most of us, backed by many prestigious thinkers, are challenging a norm which has crept into society and silently taken root like a weed does in a garden. We have collectively begun to realise what has happened and for the sake of intellectual honesty, clarity and to weed out ignorance of why evolution is true, we are attacking these ideas at the root so that further dissemination of false information is at least challenged or hopefully halted within the sphere of public discourse.

Religion and specifically creationism is toxic to evolution and so for the sake of education, creationism and these extraordinary unscientific stories should be attacked and discredited, other wise we shall muddy the waters of what is to be considered scientific truth (based upon sound theory and evidence) and fall prey to the kind of sick relativism seen on the rise today in Britain.
Writers like Richard Dawkins may be 'rocking the boat' with direct attacks on illogical religious claims for life and the universe, but to creep around these fatuous beliefs as if they are equal or worthy of respect, would be to surrender the classrooms to these fundamentalist demagogues or at least give them elbow room to insert their rubbish into science classes.

In my opinion, it is high time we challenged these religious ideas so often accompanied by hushed respect and scientists bending over backwards and seemingly giving the signal that evolution is 'only a theory' and not a fact as it so plainly is. Ideas which fail the test of scientific scrutiny should be left to wither away like every other weed ever to have taken root such as alchemy or the phlogiston theory.

Sat, 20 Jun 2009 00:19:00 UTC | #372186

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I am not qualified to comment on how difficult it is to come out as an unbeliever in theism within the black community, but I don't think there are any negative pressures from an atheist community to shun anyone of any race or ethnicity. As most of us are well informed thanks to evolutionary biologists such as Richard Dawkins, we can see any prejudice based on race as utterly ridiculous given how we are all African Apes and one species, this nullifying any idiotic objection to equal opportunity. To think for yourself does not require permission in any case.

Again though, I am ignorant of this particular experience and of the real reasons why, there might not be quite so many non believers of other ethnicities, proclaiming aloud their non-belief. I strongly doubt the idea of prejudice coming from any well educated, free thinking atheist community though.

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 11:57:00 UTC | #372085

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