The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), America’s premier science organization (and publisher of the prestigious journal Science) has for several years run an accommodationist program called the “Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion” (DoSER). I’ve written about DoSER before (e.g., here, here and here), detailing its unholy crusade to wed science and faith. The program is, of course, funded by Templeton: a huge 5.3 million-dollar grant lasting eighteen years!
Have a look at the DoSER site (especially their upcoming Christmas lecture), and tell me that you don’t find it embarrassing: something that a scientific organization has no business doing. If you’re a member of the AAAS, or subscribe to Science, be aware of what your organization is up to. Science organizations shouldn’t be pushing an approved brand of theology, for that’s precisely what DoSER is doing. It’s endorsing, in effect, that rare brand of evangelical Christianity which nevertheless accepts evolution. It doesn’t, for instance, try to prescribe an accommodationist brand of Islam.
Anyway, thanks to the largesse of Templeton, you too can become a Professional Accommodationist, for the AAAS has three jobs up for grabs in the DoSER program. Here’s a screenshot of one:
Yes, apply now, but be aware that your job is to make nice to evangelical Christians. There “potential for renewal,” too, which means that Templeton may throw another pot of cash at DoSER when their grant expires in a year.
So here we have America’s premier science organization pushing a special theological point of view. It’s embarrassing, and I’m sure Britain’s Royal Society doesn’t have anything like this. That’s especially telling because the UK has an official state Church and the U.S. mandates separation of church and state (granted, the AAAS isn’t a government organization).
h/t: To the author of the website No Cross, No Crescent, who called my attention to the ad and has now written his own post on the matter with the straightforward title, “A word to Science: stop kissing the butt of evangelicals.”