Re: Undergraduate Writing Up Research

From: David F Siemens (
Date: Fri Apr 27 2001 - 00:22:21 EDT

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    I deeply sympathize with your situation. You want to recognize the hand
    of God in all things, which is appropriate for a Christian. However, your
    research is not different as a Christian than it would be as an atheist.
    In the application of the research, Christian compassion may play a major
    part, but I don't think you are in that mode at the moment. So you may
    properly, as a Christian, make your report without an overtly religious

    There is another side that I think of. Years ago a professor was saying
    that Moses could not have written the Pentateuch because there was no
    writing at the time. However, I knew that Flinders Petrie, close to the
    turn of the century, had recorded Semitic script by slaves working
    turquoise mines in the Sinai before the probable date of Moses. I told
    him that. I don't think he every forgave me. I got my degree in a
    different school. When you get tenure, say what you please. But there is
    wisdom in sometimes keeping silent on the way, even though biting your
    tongue hurts.

    I wish you the very best as you seek to honor the Lord. You can do that
    best now, I think, by doing your work well.

    On Thu, 26 Apr 2001 23:38:19 -0400 "Andrew Fabich" <>
    > Hello everyone,
    > I truly dislike the circumstances I am in at the current
    > time, but here
    > goes anyways.... I am an undergraduate student performing research
    > in a
    > molecular genetics lab. I am presenting my research tomorrow in a
    > public
    > forum and I would like to acknowledge God in the acknowledgements
    > section.
    > However, my PI and the postdoc I am working with are both staunch
    > atheists
    > and I am concerned about losing this opportunity to be a light to
    > them. I
    > am open to suggestions regarding whether or not to write down
    > anything in
    > the acknowledgements section of my research as well as how to say it
    > also.
    > In anticipation of responses, thank you all.
    > In Christ,
    > Andrew Fabich
    > P.S. I am presenting my research Friday afternoon, the 27th of
    > April.

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