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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

USA Today fantasy: All is well in Britain between faith and science ... scientists holler for Jesus in pulpits ...

Here's a textbook example of spin in the legacy media:

We are told on the USA Today blog that in Britain all is well in "faith and science" due to "theistic evolution":

While impossible to quantify, a surprising number of prominent British researchers at the pinnacle of their fields, with worldwide reputations in the physical and biological sciences, proclaim their evangelical Christian faith. And they are not perfunctory adherents, merely showing up for Sunday worship; they believe in acting on their beliefs. Some have taken up weekend pulpits.

Their roster includes Sir John Houghton, former head of the United Kingdom's Meteorological Office; Sir John Polkinghorne, a particle physicist, Anglican priest and author of numerous books on science and religion; Sir Brian Heap, a biologist; geologist Robert W. White and paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris. I asked these scientists the sources of their belief, and the answers they gave me were intriguing to someone who for years has been more immersed in the world of American evangelicals, where I frequently found that hostility toward science seemed to be the norm in public controversies. These Brits cited a disparate mixture of empirical scientific evidence and the veracity of Scripture for their Christianity, based equally on science and faith.

I have only two words to respond to this rubbish: Michael Reiss

(Yes, he’s the Church of England Darwin-booster who got dumped by the Royal Society merely because he thought that kids should be told words like “intelligent design” in order to explain why ID is wrong, wrong, wrong and Darwin is right, right, right. The very use of the word was fatal to his career.)

That’s the REAL state of things in Britain. And if that's good, aren't we all better off with bad?

Oh, and also the fact that Britain's Royal Society is considering casting God out of its charter.

Look, USA Today proves that you don't have to kill trees to be legacy media. You just have to inherit the spin.


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