Re: Johnson on James Dobson

Wendee Holtcamp (
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:20:48 -0600

Dear John,

> Perhaps you are
>unaware that the concern expressed by Phil Johnson on James Dobson's
>that philosophical materialism is masquerading as science in our children's
>biology textbooks is based on evidence, not "false information." For
>example, the popular 10th grade textbook, "Biology", by Miller and Levine,
>states that "evolution is random and undirected" and also that "evolution
>works without either plan or purpose" (Prentice-Hall, 1993, 1995 and 1998

In the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-29, 36-43) Jesus tells a parable
about weeds that grow up in fields where good seed was planted. The owner's
servants want to pull them up, but the field owner says no, "because while
you are pulling weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow
together until the harvest." Jesus' explains the parable to his disciples,
saying He (the Son of Man) is the one who sows the good seed, the field is
the world, and the good seed stands for sons of the kingdom, and the weeds
are sons of the evil one.

Pairing this parable with the parable of the sower gives us some great
advice on how we are to treat "evil" or untruths in this world. I heard a
pastor who I greatly respect (his preaching, as far as I have heard, has
been right on, aligned with the Word of God and spoken boldly and with love)
had a written discourse on this parable. He explained, and I agree, that our
job as followers of Jesus is to sow good seed, and NOT to pick weeds.

I see servants of the Lord spending too much time picking weeds, and they
end up getting frustrated and disillusioned. It's easy to get frustrated
with all the evil and untruth that masquerades as truth in this world. Easy!

But the Word of God says...."Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and
perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross,
scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God"
Hebrews 12:2...and "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your
hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God."
Colossians 3:1.

Truth does not have to be defended, it stands on its own. As Thomas Merton
wrote "A man of sincerity is less interested in defending the truth than in
stating it clearly, for he thinks that if the truth can be clearly seen it
can very well take care of itself. (from _No Man is an Island_).

I think it's great that the Science Education Committee is helping clarify
terms in textbooks, and sad that "philosophical materialism" is masquerading
as science in schools. However, I believe we will be much more effective in
the long-term by teaching our children (and those we have contact with, in
Sunday schools, in classrooms if we teach) to discern truth from untruth -
ultimately by knowing the Word of God and having a relationship with our
Lord Jesus. Like the old adage "If you give a man a fish, he eats for a
day, but if you teach him how to fish, he eats for a lifetime." We can teach
adults these things as well, because many of us are simply kids in grown up
bodies. God is alive and working within believers. We don't have to fight
all the evil and untruth in the world with or own measly power! When the
Spirit of God is on our side, we can move mountains, and will. But when we
pick weeds, more crop up and we never get to the work of sowing truth - the
good seed.

> Wendee, charging a fellow Christian with the dissemination of false
>information and leading Christians astray is a very serious charge. And

I agree and I took it very seriously when approaching my letter. As such, I
didn't want to go through a point-by-point dissection of his broadcast. I
don't find it necessary to dissect the words that men speak, but to point
men who profess Lord Jesus with their tongues to the Word of God, which can
speak for itself.

"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without
holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of
God and no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." Heb.

In Christ's love,

Wendee Holtcamp -- --
Environment/Travel/Science Writer -- Poet -- Photographer
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the
strong man in his wrath. -- Elizabeth Barrett Browning