A plausibility structure is a ‘given’ supported by enormous social pressure. The writings of the new atheists here are important to observe because their attitudes are more powerful than their arguments. The disdain and refusal to show any respect to opponents is not actually an effort to refute them logically, but to ostracize them socially and turn their own views into a plausibility structure. They are well on their way.
How can we help them? I believe that Christian pastors, theologians, and scientists who want to argue for an EBP account of origins must put a great deal of emphasis at the same time on arguing against GTE. Christian philosophers have paved the way here and there are many good critiques of philosophical naturalism. Many know about Alvin Plantinga’s ‘Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism’ in which, much like C.S. Lewis in his book Miracles, he argues that “Evolution is interested (so to speak) only in adaptive behavior, not in true belief. Natural selection doesn’t care what you believe; it is interested only in how you behave.”5 The argument goes like this. Does natural selection (alone) give us cognitive faculties (sense perception, rational intuition about those perceptions, and our memory of them) that produce true beliefs about the real world? In as far as true belief produces survival behavior—yes. But who can say how far that is? If a theory makes it impossible to trust our minds, then it also makes it impossible to be sure about anything our minds tell us–including macro-evolution itself– and everything else.6 Any theory that makes it impossible to trust our minds is self-defeating.
A piece from the Sacramento News and Review with a nice conversation with a member of one of our church plants.
This is a fine article from LifeHacker on some Windows 7 utilities to enhance what the OS can already do.
A couple of good blog posts by Rachel Held Evans on her difficulties with Christian booksellers over the use of the word vagina, and some thoughts on The Hunger Games.
Listened to some sermons by my friends Kevin Adams at Granite Springs and Tim Blackmon at American Protestant Church in the Hague, The Netherlands. I listen to Tim Keller’s sermons every week but I don’t listen to enough of the fine sermons of my wonderful friends. 🙂