Steven Schimmrich (s-schim@students.uiuc.edu)
Thu, 24 Oct 1996 08:55:35 -0500 (CDT)

Bob Carling (carling@tcp.co.uk) wrote about "Darwin Fish"...

> I got the following posted to me from a fellow Christians in Science member.
> Interesting. Anyone else come across them? Worth doing anything about this -
> or just nutcases to ignore?

Many Christians in the US have fish emblems on their cars (some say
nothing, some say "Jesus," and I have one myself with the word "Ichthus" on
it in Greek). The Darwin fish look similar but have little legs and either
say nothing or "Darwin" inside. I personally find it bothersome that
Darwin is equated with Jesus in these symbols but that's their choice.

These things are actually fairly popular here at the University of Illinois
(I even know someone with one on his car). A few places offer them via mail
order. They're not "nutcases", the guy I know who has one teaches
paleontology and is making a statement against young-earth creationism which
he despises.

What can we do about this? Educate people that young-earth creationism
is NOT a tenet of Christianity so they don't equate the two. Unfortunately,
many young-earth creationists want the two equated and that's what causes
some people, especially those in science, to turn away from the Gospel.

- Steve.

      Steven H. Schimmrich           KB9LCG            s-schim@uiuc.edu
      Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
         245 Natural History Building, Urbana, IL 61801  (217) 244-1246
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