Re: statement on creationism?

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@uncwil.edu)
Mon, 22 Nov 1999 14:28:38 -0500

I do not want to get involved in this discussion but there ought to be a
difference between ASA members speaking out against a particular view of
creation and the ASA doing that. As far as I a concerned, the ASA ought to
remain a broad alliance of scientists who are Christians but make different
assumption regarding how the whole think came into being--besides the fact
that God is both the Creator and the Sustainer of His creation.

Moorad

-----Original Message-----
From: David Nunes <danunes@ucdavis.edu>
To: asa@calvin.edu <asa@calvin.edu>
Date: Monday, November 22, 1999 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: statement on creationism?

>At 8:12 AM -0500 11/22/99, you wrote:
>>Allan Harvey wrote:
>>
>>>Before my name gets associated with such an oncology effort, let me agree
>>>with what George Murphy said yesterday. The young-Earth view itself
>>>(while I believe it to be incorrect) is not nearly as much of a problem
>>>as the view of many who hold it that it is the *only* acceptable
>>>Christian view.
>>
>>What I believe is necessary is to take a public stance that while there
may
>>be a number of possibilities or alternatives we could consider, YEC isn't
>>one of them. YEC is unacceptable as a viable Christian method of apology.
>>To state that YEC is not the only acceptable Christian view serves to
>>legitimize it. It would be tantamount to saying that Christianity is not
>>the only acceptable religion.
>>
>>Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution - www.orisol.com
>>"The answer we should have known about 150 years ago."
>
>Should the ASA change their statement of faith BEFORE making such a
>public statement? Would doing so isolate a large segment of members?
>
>The ASA can could always point out the bad science of YEC, without
>publicly stating that we understand the mind of God better than
>everyone else because we are TRUE SCIENTISTS. That only plays to the
>fear that somehow scientists are anti-God and trust data more than
>the Word of God. There is a large segment of America that have deep
>suspicions about the motives of scientists, and will not trust
>them/us in matters of faith. We should be cautious of our arrogance.
>
>David Nunes