Jul 122006
 

I am thinking of applying for this dream job. 🙂

Faith Project Director

The National Center for Science Education, a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of evolution in the public schools, seeks candidates for the post of Faith Project Director.

The FPD’s duties will include:

    • developing materials pertaining to evolution and religion for print and web;
    • representing NCSE to the faith community, in print and in person;
    • serving as liaison between NCSE and professional theological societies and religious organizations;
    • speaking to the press about issues involving evolution education and challenges to it;
    • counseling teachers, administrators, parents, and others facing challenges to evolution education.

Candidates should have either formal academic training in or extensive informal knowledge of theology, particularly as it relates to science. A record of involvement in or understanding of the creationism/evolution controversy is a plus.

I think I have some experience in both the area of theology and the evolution controversy. As part of my presentation I can introduce our NCSE Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D is “indeed an atheist and materialist.
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Scott espouses the view that there is a distinction between methodological materialism and philosophical materialism. The first corresponds to what any practicing scientist would do. We assume that the world is made of matter, and that if there is something else out there, this is simply beyond the scope and reach of the scientific method. The second position is rational, but not scientific. It points to the rational conclusion that there is only matter out there, even though we cannot prove it beyond any doubt.
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One problem with Scott’s dualism is that, even though technically correct, it smacks of political correctness, or at least lacks philosophical courage.

I can talk about the Creationism’s Trojan Horse from Darwinists, the Atheism’s Trojan Horse and Why The Deception?

  2 Responses to “Looking For a Job?”

  1. Dang it, I was just about to send my resume!

  2. Methinks Scott et.al. want to gain some respectability in the Religious community. This appears to be an obvious political move to distance themselves from the militant atheism of Dawkins, Dennett, Harris, et.al. They clearly want to find someone whose theological credentials are going be somewhere in the “Jesus Seminar” camp…you know, a fully naturalistic version of faith that fits oh so snugly with Darwinian evolutioin. Then they can say, “see Christians, you need not be concerned about evolution. Look at this wonderful Christian scholar whose telling you how evolution and your Christian faith all fit together. What’s your problem?”

    Scott espouses the view that there is a distinction between methodological materialism and philosophical materialism. The first corresponds to what any practicing scientist would do. We assume that the world is made of matter, and that if there is something else out there, this is simply beyond the scope and reach of the scientific method. The second position is rational, but not scientific. It points to the rational conclusion that there is only matter out there, even though we cannot prove it beyond any doubt.

    You can bet whoever fills this new position will become an outspoken proponent of MN. No matter how you cut it, slice it or dice it MN entails PN. Period. There’s no coherent argument that divorces MN from PN. But none of that seems to bother Scott and Company.

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