Petition for James Dobson
Wed, 17 Nov 1999 08:38:46 -0500

FOF has maintained a somewhat open view on creation issues. A while back,
they had a discussion (debate ?) with Gish and Ross (together in one spot
with a nuclear explosion). It was relatively cordial, with Ross pulling
articles out of his brief case to rebut some of the standard arguments by
Gish such as never seeing a star being born, etc. Jim Dobson was obviously
on Ross' side of the issues where the value of scientific understanding is
concerned (like old earth/universe).

I have personally NOT found FOF to be very responsive. In the past, I have
written concerning an even more open treatment of creation issues, including
Theistic Evolution as seen by some current protestant practitioners.
Although I did receive a cordial response, that was it. I have had the same
response by Ross' Reasons to Believe ("Dr. Ross will made aware of your
concerns, but he is too busy to respond himself...") and even Chuck Colson's
Breakpoint newsletter ("Your response will be passed on to those best able
to use the information...").

It seems that unless you have a more direct personal contact inside the
organization, your letter makes it's way to the circular file. If any of us
have those insider contacts, that would be the way to go rather than through
the mail slot. For example, I know the Faculty Advisor for Campus Crusade
for Christ in the Phila area. He is very interested in Creation/Evolution
issues (with a High Ross flavor). Perhaps he could forward our concerns
more effectively.

Al McCarrick