Re: statement on creationism?

Wendee Holtcamp (
Fri, 19 Nov 1999 11:24:51 -0600

>> Paul Arveson wrote:
>> >I agree with Ted that I think we need only a brief statement to convey
>> >main point: that many of the outspoken "creationists" don't speak for a
>> >of the
>> >evangelical scientists in this country on what we believe about creation
>> >or evolution. We could go further and offer some reasons why we think

I think it's a great idea.

George Murphy wrote:
> A bit overstated. "If not us, then who?" The vast majority of Lutheran,
>Anglican, Presbyterian - & other - theologians, for a start. & if there's
>lacking in this regard it's that they regard a "young earth" position as
being as dead

Just because certain intellectually oriented theologians and certain church
doctrine agrees with all this, doesn't mean the mainstream general public
does. Just because the Missouri Synod Lutheran doctrine states that science
and God's truth will not contradict, the head honcho happens to be a YEC so
therefore he pushes it in the Lutheran Witness magazine, and therefore it
trickles down. Not to everyone, obviously, but my goodness, the large
majority of people in our country and Christians are not scientists. They
are going to listen to what their Christian leaders and the mainstream
Christian bookstores sell and what Dr. James Dobson tells them by hosting an
anti-evolution (basically) radio show. It is absolutely necessary for
Christians who also are also scientists that study evolution to present the
truth in a well articulated statement. Even if nobody listens, it will be a
part of history and if and when God wants people to listen he will open
their eyes. But if nobody even speaks the truth, the lies perpetuate
rampantly! And that is exactly what is happening.

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you
prefer, shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle
spirit?" 1 Corinthians 4:20-21