ISCA 2009

The Selfless Gene

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How Evolutionary Psychology Failed To Obtain Altruism
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Even the simple process of defining altruism is not without argument, because the stakes are high in the creation-evolution debate. Creationists have long pointed to it as an Achilles’ heel (or one of many) for the evolution theory. As hard as the evolutionists try, they cannot adequately explain the existence among humans of altruistic behavior. So, in the evolutionist devotees’ (hereafter evo-devo or ED) sincere attempt to heal this wound, they have begun by redefining the term.

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Jack L. Greenoe

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Ph. D. candidate and Teaching Assistant at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

An Engineer Takes a Look at the Evolution Debate

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The 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth inspired a spate of articles and books hailing the triumph of the theory of evolution. However, according to Kenneth Miller's 2008 book, Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul, science and the Intelligent Design (ID) movement are fighting a civil war over evolution. Miller, a Roman Catholic, asserts that there is no conflict between faith and evolution and that ID proponents are just anti-science.

Admittedly, most people lack the scientific background to understand the nuances of arguments like the one between Miller and Michael Behe on blood clotting factors. However, while scientists continue to debate the ability of secondary causes (natural processes) to explain life's diversity, the rest of us should seek opportunities to dialog about primary causes (origins), contingency, and teleology.

For example, all Christians should be prepared to respond to statements like: "Evolution speaks directly to our conception of who we are, where we come from, and how we regard ourselves with respect to the rest of the living world" (Only a Theory, 193).

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Mike Field

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The New Atheism: Another Skirmish with a Twist

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Mike Spaulding

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The New Atheism

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Fri, 04/17/2009 - Sat, 04/18/2009

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Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015
United States
42° 12' 0.7308" N, 87° 52' 53.4144" W
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2000 S. Lakeside Dr
Bannockburn, IL 60015
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42° 11' 49.4988" N, 87° 53' 4.2432" W
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Dr. James K. Dew, Jr.
7521 Stony Hill Rd.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Meeting Info: 

We are excited to announce that this year's annual meeting will be held April 17-18, 2009 at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL.
 
Trinity has a long-standing reputation as a premier evangelical university. Please make arrangements to join us for what promoses to be an excellent conference on The New Atheism.

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Reserve hotel rooms by April 2, 2009 at the La Quinta Inn & Suites. Mention the ISCA conference and receive the rate of $79.00 per night. The hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to Trinity.

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For those flying in for the conference, Trinity recommends that you use Chicago O’Hare airport as opposed to Midway.

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