Creationists in the family

I wish a big dollop of such good sense could be slathered on a bunch of creationist Christians, who want to argue in fields where they are not trained.   In principle there is nothing wrong with that…scientists are wrong to say you can’t criticize them unless you are a scientist. This is nothing more than the argument from authority they claim to abhor.

There is also nothing wrong with laypeople criticising the logic of evolutionists’ reasoning. Logic is logic. There is no special science logic. Scientists who sniff at lawyers  for criticising their logic should, rather, defend their logic.    (But the problem is that many of these creationist critics will often shift from a logical argument in paragraph one to a scientific argument in the next, and can’t apparently tell the difference.)

But scientists are of course right to insist that if you are going to enter the arena of scientific argument, you must demonstrate the level of knowledge a professional has a right to expect from a SERIOUS amateur. Most people who are trained in a subject don’t resent at all an amateur questioning them and even offering a contribution to the field, but an ignorant and arrogant amateur is just intolerable.

I am a Christian who believes the Bible is literally true, and I am not trained in the sciences.   But I find the creationist side of the argument, as it is represented so often on the internet,  embarassing.

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