Mark Toleman is an academic at Bristol University who appears undecided whether he is a YECer. An article at this site, http://www.wasdarwinright.com/authors.htm, appears to suggest that he is sympathetic with young earth creationism. It doesn't actually say he is a YECer but the site includes articles by Andy McIntosh, Diane Eager and Andrew Sibley who very much are.
The author of this section of the BCSE web site wrote to him in July 2006 to ask him what his position is on creationism and Intelligent Design. He had signed the Discovery Institute's list of scientists (and others) who are "sceptical" about the basic theory behind evolution:
This is his reply:
Glad to make your aquaintance electronically. I confirm that I signed the Discovery statement and I am very skeptical of the claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. I have been an academic scientist for a number of years now and I must say that this skepticism has increased almost on a daily basis as I delve further into the mind boggling complexity of bacteria let alone higher eukaryotes like ourselves.
I have only in the recent past started to look at the details of the creation -evolution issue as you will have read on the Wasdarwinright website about myself and have only written one article. However, from that one article it seems clear to me that Darwin came from a lineage of evolutionists as both his father and grandfather were vociferous adherents of evolution. What was more shocking to me was the fact that Erasmus Darwin became the leading Medical sage of his day and wrote the definitive medical text book of the day. Unfortunately his evolutionary beliefs especially in spontaneous generation misled a whole generation of medical people.
This error I beleive seriously delayed the realisation that infectious diseases were the result of bacteria--later proved by Pasteur, Lister and envisioned by Semmelweiss. If you have read my article you will see that Pasteur was a bible believing Christian who has probably made more of an impact on the science of infectious disease and human health than any other single individual. Therefore certainly in this respect (medical microbiology) I would say that the theories of evolution have had a major negative influence on the progress of science.
Diversion over and apologies for getting off the track--
Yes I am in agreement with the Discovery statement that an intelligent designer was involved in the design of all life on earth and would also agree with the Apostle John in naming Him as the one and only himself, Jesus the Christ.
Regarding the time when the earth and everything in it was created- I don't know and have not studied in depth the evidence for either of the views.
I am a full time member of staff at Bristol university in the department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. My Job Title is Research Fellow, I have degrees in Biochemistry, a Masters in Environmental Biotechnology and a PhD in Medical Microbiology. I have been research active for several years and have authored numerous papers in the field of antibiotic resistance, the most recent ones being last month including one in the review journal MMBR, rated as number one for impact factor out of all journals in the field of Microbiology.
It saddens me that the groups that you are involved with are intent on name throwing and defamation of character-I do not know Andy Macintosh or Stuart Burgess personally.But, I do know that to get to the positions that they are in as senior professors and head of department (Burgess) takes an enormous amount of dedication, hard work and inspiration. I forgive you in advance anyway!
I believe the fundamentals of the Christian faith are summed up by Jesus in the sermon on the mount chapters 5-7 of Mathews gospel. Fundamental Christians are therefore ones who love their enemies as well as their neighbours, when they are struck on one cheek they turn the other. The central teachings of the Christian faith are summed up by Jesus in Chpt7 as "In everything do to others as you would have them do to you, for this sums up the law and the prophets". As such I strive to be a fundamental Christian. Furthermore God is not against you personally - He actually likes you - "Out of 50 million sperm you are the one who made it!" He created you to be a winner and you are valuable and precious in His sight.
I have a Hog roast every year in a field behind my house in South Wales-just missed the last one-but you would be welcome to come next year if you would like and bring your friends-its an annual thing where we invite our friends, enemies, neighbours and people we dont know."
Best wishes to you,