Curious, I read a bit more and a couple of points on it rang alarm bells for me.
Discussion on origins is Philosophical?
The heading on the leaflet bill it as a philosophical discussion. This bothered me because how we came about is surely in the realm of science. Granted the religious aspects of origins could arguably fall under the umbrella of philosophy. What concerned me was that billing it as philosophical and omitting reference to science immediately sets the tone as religious in nature, more specifically, creationist.
Reading further the noticed mentioned a UK creationism organisation and one of its key people by name.
I looked up the organisation to try and find some more detail on the specific discussion in question. The website listed a couple of events that they have representation at. What really grabbed my attention though was a note that said they will on occasion to talks or discussions at schools but that they will not be publicised on the site.
Flying Under the Radar?
The cynic in me wonders if the reason for this is so as to not attract too much attention from those who directly and actively oppose creationism through direct scientific argument.
Hosting such events at a school and having some local churches advertise it seem to me a safe way of getting enough doubt in science sown to impressionable people without having any credible argument or evidence shown.
Sadly for me, the event was a mid-week afternoon and I was unable to attend due to commitments in London.
After the event, my wife mentioned it to some friends we were entertaining for dinner and it turns out that one of the more elderly members of our church is very pro creationism and makes a good philosophical argument was very involved in this event, so maybe I’ll get an opportunity to challenge creationism directly in the future. Until then, I shall remain disappointed that this event happened and had very little publicity outside of a specific circle.
- Countering Creationist Arguments (confessionsofayec.wordpress.com)
- The “Center for Unintelligent Design” and How ID-Creationists Shoot Themselves in the Foot (skepticalteacher.wordpress.com)
- Rebutting creationist arguments for a young earth (whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com)
- Are Evolution and Creationism Compatible? (theness.com)
- Creationists, Not Keen on Free Speech (anatheistviewpoint.wordpress.com)
- Should we address the controversy? (3quarksdaily.com)