In my discussions with creationists about evolution I have been going about things all wrong. I have been appealing to objective evidence and rational analysis in trying to move creationists in my direction. My efforts have been entirely unsuccessful. To my knowledge, I have not changed the beliefs of a single creationist about the facts of evolution. Not one. But I think I now better understand why.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This is a true story. I have a friend who believes that eating peanut butter causes acne. Maybe he’s right. Throughout my adolescent years I suffered from acne, and I’m sure I ate more than my share of peanut butter. So I’m not necessarily disagreeing with my friend about his conclusion. Rather, I have a problem with his research methodology.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
One morning in the spring of my senior year at Andrews University, I found a note in my mail cubby at the dorm from the associate dean of students. She wanted to see me. Nearly 50 years later, I can no longer recall the dean’s name, but I can clearly recall our conversation. What I learned from it can be summarized in one sentence: The evidence and process we use to form our beliefs are as important as the beliefs that we form.