August 25th, 2003


Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism

I just finished Robert T. Pennocks, Tower of Babel.

One of the most interesting things is that it seems that the people who are most stridently against evolution think that god can be understood through reason. Since evolution removes one of the reasons for god's existence, it is a threat to their worldview and must be destroyed. However since the arguments are based on reason it might make sense that occasionally one person would be swayed by some type of evidence and switch between theism and atheism.

The other thing is these religious conservatives seem to believe that it's because of evolution that we have adultery, a breakdown of gender roles, and homosexuality. When complaining about evolution they frequently refer to sexual morality and how christian models for family life are failing because of our secular world.

It is of course impossible to for them to think that they're models are breaking down because they don't work that well.

I also want to know why they think homosexuality is so horrifying.

Pennock also discussed what is science and how it differs from religion. Science is a public exploration of the natural world that limits itself to claims about the world that can be supported by physical evidence. Religion is a personal experience based on ones own subjective experiences, and cannot be tested by external evidence.

Off to the next book... (And here I thought I never read.)