RE: Email Volume/Relevance

From: Adrian Teo (
Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 14:08:20 EST

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    I wish to go on record as being in strong support of Lucy's comments on the
    issues that are relevant for this forum.

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Lucy Masters []
    > Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2002 9:08 AM
    > To:
    > Subject: Email Volume/Relevance
    > Allan Harvey wrote:
    > "A good example is the current discussion of doctrines of
    > original sin, which I consider OK because it has a
    > significant impact on science/faith discussions. But
    > extended discussions on topics pretty much entirely unrelated
    > to science/faith issues (important though the topics might
    > be) should stop. My opinion is that the recent discussion
    > about compassion, welfare policies, etc. is in this category."
    > Lucy responds:
    > Allan, I could not disagree with you more. The recent
    > discussion regarding compassion and welfare policies is
    > **EXACTLY** what the science/religion debate is all about. I
    > cannot imagine anything being more "on target." In fact, I
    > spent two summers up at Princeton Theological Seminary
    > studying just these kinds of topics precisely because (at the
    > time) Princeton was the only seminary with an endowed chair
    > created to explore these issues.
    > "Compassion" is all about Christianity. And the particular
    > welfare we were discussing, food aid, is all about science.
    > Agriculture, transportation, antibiotics, caloric intake, and
    > so on are all issues of science that mesh with our Christian
    > perspectives and thus impact policy.
    > The science/religion debate cannot be limited to the worn
    > argument between creationism and evolution or to the newer
    > argument between evolution and intelligent design. The
    > purpose of the ASA, it seems to me, is to explore **all**
    > science/religion topics, including stem cell research,
    > euthanasia, emergency room technology that keeps people
    > alive, the moral responsibility concerning reproductive
    > rights with mentally retarded individuals in the face of
    > technology that can prevent their ever becoming pregnant, and so on.
    > These are the kinds of issues explored on the seminary
    > campuses that discuss science/religion topics. Check out the
    > publications, for example, from CTNS (the Center for the
    > Study of Theology and the Natural Sciences).
    > I encourage everyone on the ASA list to continue these and
    > other similar topics. This is the "stuff" of day-to-day
    > science/religion struggles.

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