Out of his league
In his Oct. 5 Point of View “ God and my biology class,” (N&O, bit.ly/1zAcCSP) Professor David Barash plainly admits to proselytizing his undergrads on the “fact” of evolution. Too bad it also plainly exposes him as a jackleg philosopher, familiar with neither origin science nor religion.
First, citing Darwin, he confidently pleads with his captive audience members to ignore the illimitable superior spirit who revealed himself to Einstein and put their faith in the god of random variation that, he insists, is able to produce the wonderful complexity we see in nature. Perhaps the professor doesn’t understand that fish-to-philosopher evolution requires a ton of genetic accretion.
Richard Dawkins, dean of British neo-Darwinists, had the opportunity to cite one example of genetic accretion. His somewhat less confident reply can be seen on the YouTube video “Dawkins stumped.”
Next, exposing ignorance of biblical proportion, not to mention prose, Barash offers the straw-god argument against some mythical, omni-benevolent god. Where did he get that? Watching Oprah?
Barash’s students might be better off if they transferred to classes where professors stuck to teaching biology or religion instead of waxing philosophic on topics they don’t understand.