Karl Giberson is pessimistic about the future influence of groups like BioLogos, who try to ride the fence between two exclusive views of history. One view says that the universe came to be by a chance progressive process by purely natural means. The other claims that God created the world quite on purpose by fiat and direct action. The time scales involved are also different.
Groups like Biologos try to blend the two narratives together, claiming that the universe came about by a chance progressive process by purely natural means, only God did it. They take a narrative born of a philosophy [naturalism] that seeks to explain the world without the need for a Deity and say that God was responsible for the events of that godless narrative.
It’s purest mugwumpery, of course. They sit of the fences with their mugs hanging over one side and their wumps hanging over the other. Unfortunately, they’ve discovered a simple truth along the way. Nobody likes a mugwump.
In an article at Patheos, Giberson laments:
“BioLogos has found itself under aggressive attack by Ken Ham and his merry band of biblical literalists from the right, and from the New Atheists and their godless minions on the left… What seems to be appearing on the horizon is a well-articulated culture war over religious belief. Both the atheists and the creationists/ID supporters are in full agreement that there can be no peace… Neither is interested in any synthetic middle ground where one might simultaneously embrace a science shorn of its over-reaching scientism and a faith freed from a simplistic biblical literalism. As the voices grow louder and more insistent, the perch between them will grow ever more precarious, making it all but impossible to avoid sliding by default down a slippery slope toward one or the other.”
Ah, poor Frank! The “perch between them” is nothing but a rickety fence. Both sides recognize the logical inconsistency of embracing two mutually exclusive positions. It’s called the Law of the Excluded Middle. People insist on logical consistency, Frank. They insist that you pick a side.
And not even God likes a mugwump, Frank.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth” – Jesus Christ to the Church at Laodicea, Revelation 3:15-16
Think about it.
Rev Tony Breeden