Listen now, to the cautionary tale of Richard Colling, a biology professor with over 27 years of experience… and yet, unfortunately for his career, also a man of deep faith. For daring to take an unorthodox view on evolution, this modern-day Galileo… nay Newton… nay Einstein… was barred from teaching biology at his university. His book was blacklisted. His reputation was tarnished.
Where will it end?
And just what were his heresies? What view so shocked the dogmatic line on evolution that he had to be severed and silenced? Why, Colling merely dared to suggest that “there is simply no argument that rebuts evolution, and that the evidence is overwhelming..” And just like that… the creationists at Olivet Nazarene University decided that enough was enough, and shut him down. His protests that he believed fully in a Creator God, and that this faith could be reconciled with science instead of abandoned, went unheard.
Sarcasm aside, Intelligent Design propentists (sic) would really, really like you to believe that religious people are persecuted in academia for believing in a Creator God. Ben Stein’s upcoming anti-evolution film Expelled! is, judging from the intro clip, is pretty much based on this premise.
And yet, there are a lot of scientists out there who are simultaneously well-respected and openly religious. And while they sometimes argue with their more atheistically-inclined colleagues over philosophical matters, these fights never seem to rise to the level of threatening anyone’s job or even impacting anyone’s opinion of the quality of their science. In fact, most religious scientists are unapologetic allies with atheists in the fight against “cdesign propentists” of all stripes. How can this possibly be if the iron, atheistic hand of Darwinism rules all?
Well folks: it’s because you’re being lied to.
And as Richard Colling can attest, it isn’t belief in God that actually matters in these debates. That’s a complete red herring for both sides of the issue. You can believe in God all you want in mainstream academia and get along fine, as long as your scholarship holds up.
But believing in God just isn’t good enough to keep you from being treated as one of the enemy by intelligent creationists. It’s only sticking to a particular anti-evolutionary orthodoxy, a very narrow window of theology, that counts. And if you can’t do that… well then, you might end up being viewed as the next “intellectual terrorist.”