I even don't have the slightest sympathy with some of the groups mentioned in those blog debates - such as the one led by Adnan Oktar.Ok..well we can debate about randomness or a sense of meaning from evolution. But it is very clear that his position has moved away from the ID folks at the Disco. Institute and more closer to the theistic evolution of Francis Collins and the position endorsed by the Catholic Church. I think it is commendable that he has changed his position publicly. At the same time, I wish he explicitly address his change of stance (not an easy thing to do) - rather than give the impression that he was never sympathetic to creationism and ID in the first place. Otherwise, his earlier writings would appear contrary and inconsistent.
I am not a "creationist," too, because I think that term implies an effort to manipulate science according to religious belief, something which I find wrong. (I just think manipulating science according to materialist belief is wrong, too.) I also think biological evolution is an established fact. I just don't think that it is totally random and devoid of meaning and purpose, as evolutionary atheists such as Richard Dawkins claim.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Mustafa Akyol's clarification on evolution
Couple of months back, I had a post inquiring about Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol's movement away from Intelligent Design: Mustafa Akyol backing away from ID? Well...now we can remove the question mark. While referring to a lecture he gave recently at Boston University, he clarifies his position on evolution: