Part One of a 200 Part Series - The Discovery Institute's List
Many of us know that the Discovery Institute has published a list of scientists Dissenting from Darwin. There are about 200 people listed, presumably all doubt the idea of evolution by natural selection, or what most of them annoyingly call "Darwinism".
I am going to start a series of posts (possibly a 200-part series!) looking at each of these people and see where they are coming from and if (a) their science or their religion came first and (b) if their ideas are at all credible from their peer's perspective - because I'm a tool and have no scientific credentials. The first on the list is Dr Henry F. Schaefer.
Dr Schaefer's scientific credentials, polar opposite from my own, are quite good. In this case, it seems that the science came first because Dr Schaefer is said to have become a Christian as a young professor of chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley. This shows that the weirdness of religion can affect someone's brain at any stage of intellectual development and s/he will cram in the necessary delusions to make it fit with their current mindset.
We see in Dr Schaefer's current book that he is talking religion, specifically Christianity, and science and whether or not there can be reconciliation. In the table of contents we can see chapter four on The Big Bang, Stephen Hawking, and God, and chapter five on Climbing Mount Improbable: Evolutionary Science or Wishful Thinking?; Isn't a chemist talking about the views of a theoritical physicist and an evolutionary biologist a little bit like a car dealership manager trying to talk knowingly about what a mechanic and a car salesman do on a day to day basis? Yeah, they all deal with cars, but the in's and out's of their jobs are quite different.
Although Dr Schaefer seems very good at what he does (chemistry), he seems to be one of those Christians who steps outside his sphere of expertise and tries to use his position of influence where it has no business being.