Upcoming debate with Stephen Meyer, Richard Sternberg and Michael Shermer

Story here. (H/T Manawatu Christian Apologetics via Apologetics 315)

Excerpt:

A public debate about the origins of life hosted by the American Freedom Alliance and featuring: Stephen Meyer, Rick Sternberg, Michael Shermer and Don Prothero

Admission: $20.00 Students: $10.00
RSVP: Saban Theater Box Office (323) 655-0111

Monday, November 30th, 7pm,

Saban Theater, Beverly Hills

Here’s a neat quote from Harvard paleontologist Richard Lewontin, courtesy of Apologetics 315:

“We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.

It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.”

I hope that Shermer and Prothero can be more open-minded with respect to the evidence compared to Richard Lewontin’s faith-based epistemology.

8 thoughts on “Upcoming debate with Stephen Meyer, Richard Sternberg and Michael Shermer”

    1. He wrote that in the New York Review of books, so he was probably thinking no one who disagreed with him would be reading it. But yes – this was a very helpful thing for him to say so we could be clear about it.

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  1. W K, you may be interested in reading the piece that the Lewontin quote come from. When I first read the quote, I thought he was a materialist who don’t even realise his bias. But his whole piece “Billions and billions of demons”is about 4 scrolled-down screens here: http://lifeanddoctrine.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-billions-of-demons-haunted-baloney.html

    When I read it, I found that he know exactly what he said, and was arguing against scientism, a believe that science must be right and will solve everything. It’s not like Dawkins admitting things look designed- and then denying it is. This quote is the clearest and most direct central sentences of a piece that argues that materialism is not necessarily the only way/ a superior way to see the world.

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    1. I heard that this piece was from that book review. But you make a good point. If he was unaware of his bias, then he would not be able to contrast materialism with a theistic worldview and then argue that materialism should be assumed in regardless of the evidence.

      Thanks for posting a link to the whole article!

      Hey Retha – do you think you can send me any interesting news articles from South Africa on economics, or trade, or health care or anything like that?

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  2. WK,

    I love your blog. I discovered a couple of weeks ago while debating an atheist online and is now a must read for me every day. It is also a treasure trove of extremely useful information in apologetics.

    I think we may be identical twins in the way we look at Christian apologetics, science, and politics (and I suspect Chess also!).

    Do you need any help with your blog? Do you accept financial donations? Please keep up the great work and let me know if there is anything I can do.

    wgbutler777

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. You don’t need to give me any money, but I will e-mail you about letting you help with news tips and guest posts! We can always use more guest posts.

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