This letter is self-explanatory. I think that Wendy would like you
to inform her if you are a scientist and would be willing to attach
your signature to the document.
From: Wendee Holtcamp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Monday, November 15, 1999 3:44 PM
Subject: draft of letter to James Dobson about evolution/creation
After hearing a radio show broadcast on James Dobson's Focus on the
with Phillip Johnson, author of "Darwin on Trial" (and other books)
drafted a letter expressing my concern, using scriptural points to
why I thought the whole creationism vs evolution debate sidetracks
Christians and non-Christians alike from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
a list of several Christians who are also scientists, professors,
science students who are going to co-sign the letter.
I am enclosing the letter below in hopes that you might be willing
it around ASA to see if other scientists agree and are willing to
After I get a list compiled of scientists & Christians, I will
it around for actual signatures.
I look forward to your reply. Perhaps you can post my letter to the
listserv, or at least put in a request for people who might be
signing to email me at email@example.com. I am not currently
the ASA list.
COVER LETTER FROM ME ONLY
Dear Dr. Dobson,
Let me start by saying I enjoy your radio show and have truly
several of the personal testimonies that you have played, including
Anderson, Mark Anderson, and Guy Doud. In fact, Guy Doud's "With
Hurting Teens" convinced me to not accept a full-time job that would
taken me away from my two preschoolers. His message also inspired me
out a part-time high school biology teaching position, in order to
positive influence in student's lives.
I am writing today because of a recent Focus on the Family radio
Phillip Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial. Listening to Johnson
gave me a
deep concern about his dissemination of false information, and
Johnson claimed that matter could not come together on its own, but
same sentence said that God can do anything, including use the
(macro) evolution if He so chose. Johnson's claim that
no scientific evidence to support it is simply false.
I am including a separate letter signed by myself and other
are scientists or science students.
Why not invite a guest to Focus on the Family who can speak wisely
evolutionary theory and is a dedicated Christian? It does not need
to be a
debate or shouting match between Christians that have different
understandings of the creation account. There is an excellent
called American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). On their front page it
explains their purpose: " The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA)
fellowship of men and women of science and disciplines that can
science who share a common fidelity to the Word of God and a
integrity in the practice of science. ASA was founded in 1941 and
significantly since that time."
I would welcome your reply to my letter.
In Christ's love,
ATTACHED CO-SIGNED LETTER
Dear Dr. Dobson,
What valid science reveals about God's creation must not be feared
because we don't understand it, or because it doesn't fit what we,
beings, think God is saying through Scripture.
The creation-evolution debate has become a vitriolic feud that
attention of Christians and non-Christians alike away from the
gospel – the
"good news" of what Jesus did for us through his death and
could spend every moment teaching only what Jesus taught and still
reach all the people of the world that need to hear about the
love of the Lord!
Evangelizing creation, and claiming that belief in a literal
necessary to be a "true" Christian, focuses salvation on theology
interpretation, rather than on Jesus and the gift of grace. To the
Paul writes, "Even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a
other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally
A person does not have to believe that the world was created in
or that theistic evolution is impossible, to be a fully devoted,
follower of Jesus Christ (theistic evolution meaning that God may
the mechanism of evolution to create biotic life).
The critical part of the creation account is that God is behind the
of the world and everything in it. Only two pages of the Bible focus
creation. That leaves some 1,945 pages (depending on your Bible
teachings about life, faith, love, people, sin, betrayal,
morality, justice, prayer, family, and other important matters. We
this in perspective.
Jesus often corrected the religious leaders of his day's
the law and prophets (eg. clean and unclean food, Mt 15:1-20, the
Mt 12:1-14). In trying to understand scripture, we must ask God to
truth, and not assume that our initial understanding will ultimately
correct. God may never reveal to a given individual the full truth
many bible passages, because we are mere man, our life but a blink
eye. "Lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5) scripture
As Christians, and particularly as Christian leaders, we must hold
to a very high level of truth and accountability for what we teach
Very few non-scientists remotely comprehend evolutionary theory and
scientific literature supporting it. One should not promote or
one does not understand. Many Christians have jumped on the
bandwagon without the remotest comprehension of what evolution
People are opposed to it because they don't like the "idea" of it,
people thought a sun-centered universe was absolutely opposed to the
in Galileo's time.
As Christians, we must be humble and non-judgmental. In Romans
states "Therefore let us stop passing judgement on one another.
up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your
way." Preaching a literal creation is a major stumbling block to
Spending time fighting against the scientific theory of evolution is
of precious time – no matter what one thinks about the theory.
anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know
produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead
be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful." (2 Timothy 2:24)
"avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and
about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a
person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have
nothing to do
with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he
self-condemned. (Titus 3:10-11). Even if one believes evolution is
incorrect or even heretical, it does not detract from the gospel in
Christian leaders must focus on the Great Commission. Let scientists
God's creation and science will reveal what it will. Never will
have anything to fear from truth revealed through science. Fighting
science will only propel our world back literally into the dark
information and truth were feared, and hidden from the common folk.
and religion answer completely different questions. Science helps
things happen and religion explains why. Let us keep the realms
Galileo once wrote "God wrote two books: the first is the bible… and
second is the book of nature, which allows humans to observe and
nature and to answer questions about the universe."
Attached are signatures of other Christians who are also scientists.
are deeply concerned about the shunning of evolution by many
of Christian leaders evangelizing creationism instead of the gospel.
Wendee Holtcamp -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- http://www.greendzn.com
Environment/Travel/Science Writer -- Poet --
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