"The message and the value of post 71 is easily understood. What is hard to understand is your penchant for presenting 'quote mines'. For those lurkers out there. A quote mine is a quote taken out of context and presented in such a way that its meaning is changed. The usual purpose is to make the original author appear to be agreeing with the miner. It is a contrived use of the 'Appeal to Authority' logical fallacy."
A contextomy is to quote someone out of context in such a way as to misrepresent what he believes about the subject of which he is writing or speaking.
If there was any misrepresentation of Ruse's beliefs, it was done by John S. Wilkes, since he is the one who quoted him. DUH.
Now if you want "context", you got context, my friend - I just posted his whole commentary HERE.
posted on 12/03/2005 2:30:41 PM PST
( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
"If there was any misrepresentation of Ruse's beliefs, it was done by John S. Wilkes, since he is the one who quoted him. DUH.
No, you misquoted John. Ruse was referring to a number of pro-evos who treat the defense of the ToE as they would the defense of a religion. John made clear that Ruse was not talking about the science of evolution being a religion.
You however decided that little quote mine could be used to show that Ruse considered the process used to develop and defend the ToE as evidence that the ToE is a religion. The deceit is yours, not John's or Ruse's.
Anyone that reads John's full article will see the difference between your intention and what John actually says.
posted on 12/03/2005 3:18:31 PM PST
(Science adjusts theories to fit evidence, creationism distorts evidence to fit the Bible.)
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