News of a young-earth creationist having earned a Ph.D. in paleontology have put ID critics around the blogosphere in a flutter. Larry Moran, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Toronto, wastes no time in accusing the creationist, Marcus Ross, of dishonesty:
Marcus Ross thinks it's okay to write a thesis about 65 million year old reptiles when, in fact, he doesn't believe a word of it. He justifies this by referring to "different paradigms." Apparently, there's one kind of "paradigm" when you are trying to get your Professors to give you a Ph.D. and another kind of "paradigm" at all other times. This is just a euphemism for "lying." In this case, it's lying for Jesus.
Other critics echoing the "Marcus Ross is a liar!" meme is Paul Z. Myers, a biology professor at the University of Minnesota, John M. Lynch, an evolutionary biologist at Arizona State University, and Jason Rosenhouse, a professor of mathematics at James Madison University.
Let me remind the critics of something called methodological naturalism, a concept they themselves have been advocating to Christian scientists for years. According to methodological naturalism, you are perfectly free to privately believe that God answers prayers and cures diseases, but when you step into the laboratory, you better act as if there is only blind, natural forces at play. As Steven D. Schafersman, professor of geology at Miami University, puts it,
methodological naturalism must be adopted as a strategy or working hypothesis for science to succeed, since the various methods and necessary underlying epistemologies of science cannot operate in a supernaturalistic framework. We may therefore be agnostic about the ultimate truth of naturalism, but must nevertheless adopt it and investigate nature as if nature is all that there is.
Marcus Ross simply behaved like a good methodological naturalists, conducting his research as if the reptiles he studied were 65 million years old.
It's nice to know what the Drs. Moran, Myers, Lynch, and Rosenhouse really think of scientists who adopt methodological naturalism. I wonder how long it will be before theistic evolutionists like Kenneth Miller and Francis Collins are accused of "lying for Jesus"