In a previous post, I noted that Biologos deleted a comment that asked a simple question: “Was Darwin a ‘theist’ in the same way the Biologos leadership are?” They eventually restored my comment. However, they also deleted an exchange I had with Gregory Arago on the appropriateness of the deletion. For those interested, here it is:
Gregory Arago – #3816
February 2nd 2010
If you read the ‘About Us,’ with Bios of some of the ‘Team Members’ and staff, pds, you’d see how much of a ‘low blow’ your question was. The Biologos Foundation is openly Christian, it is led by mainly evangelical Christians, and welcomes people of religious faith. Darwin was not a ‘Christian’ when he died, he was muddled about religion. Though he may have been a kind of ‘agnostic theist,’ as was Einstein a kind of ‘theist,’ neither were Christians.
It would imo help in your communication if you tried to unite and build bridges rather than burning them with ‘culture war’ rhetoric and posturing.
Have you see the film ‘Creation,’ the topic of this thread, btw?
Wow. I ask a simple question and you accuse me of a “low blow” and burning bridges and “‘culture war’ rhetoric and posturing.” Who between us has the most culture warlike rhetoric?
My implied point is the same as Nick’s: Darwin was an agnostic, and it is misleading to call him a “theist.” Giberson states his belief that “many religious believers today would stand with Darwin” regarding certain of his religious views. He seems to want to draw Darwin under a very big tent and include him as a “theistic evolutionist.” If that is the case, why can’t I ask my question?
It was in no way a “low blow.” I was asking for clarification, and suggesting that perhaps they did not want to try to build their tent quite so big.
Are you endorsing their deletion of my comment?
These two comments were deleted before I ever got an answer.