I just had the remarkable experience of having a perfectly ordinary comment deleted at Biologos. I wondered if I had done something wrong, so I posted it again in a slightly different form. There it was for a few moments, and now, it too has been deleted. Here is my comment which they deemed worthy of deletion:
Was Darwin a “theist” in the same way the Biologos leadership are?
That’s it. This was a simple question relevant to the subject of the post, which contained this assertion that Charles Darwin was a “theist”:
Darwin’s correspondence shows ongoing reflection on traditional theological problems and a faith that waxed and waned over his long and tumultuous life. He objected to the label “atheist” as implying certain knowledge that he thought nobody could reasonably possess. “I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of God” he said, shortly before his death in 1882. He was never able imagine a world without God. “I cannot persuade myself that electricity acts, that the tree grows, that man aspires to loftiest conceptions all from blind, brute force,” he wrote to the American biologist Asa Gray in 1860. At the same time, he could not imagine that a providential creator could possibly be the cause of an “innocent and good man” who “stands under a tree and is killed by a flash of lightning.” I suspect that many religious believers today would stand with Darwin on both of these points. James Moore, one of Darwin’s most intimate biographers, described Darwin as a “muddled theist to the end.”
How strict is the Biologos comment deletion policy? Not strict enough to delete this:
John Kwok – #1372
December 29th 2009
@ Darrel –
Not only me but others here have pointed out just how duplicitous the Discovery Instiute (sic) and its pathetic band of mendacious intellectual pornographers really are. Again, you can’t defend the indefensible, especially when its sordid history is out there, ready to be read by anyone willing to look at it. And if you want a good place to start, then read Gross and Forrest’s . . ., since they devote a substantial portion not only to the now infamous “Wedge Document”, but also to what is their crypto-Fascist political and cultural agenda for this country. In plain English, Darrel, you are befriending a bunch of slick, pleasant, but still potentially dangerous Neo – Nazis.
Update: Biologos has reposted the comment of mine that it had deleted. However, it deleted another comment of mine defending my comment and the comment by another party criticizing my previous comment. I plan to publish those two comments in another post. (Update: Now posted here.)