I think that eventually the BSA will drop its theist requirement.
I am a theist and an evolutionist, to be sure, but the combined term makes no sense to me.
A historian may be a theist; but, so far as his work is concerned, this particular belief is otiose.
The world is not the same to the Christian theist and to the agnostic.
When the theist finds intention and design in nature he is but reading his own feeling and desires into nature.
And on that point we certainly can speak with authority; for we have been where the theist is, he has not been where we are.
To the Atheist as to the theist, indeed to all blessed with vision, Nature is an ever new wonder of majesty and beauty!
The theist, in short, commences with a wrong conception of causation.
And in this respect it is dangerous for the Christian theist to appeal to history.
The Atheist is only calling the attention of the theist to the consequences of his own argument.