Re: Please show respect

From: Keith B Miller (
Date: Wed May 08 2002 - 22:41:06 EDT

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    >A YEC who can is welcome in the ASA--there is nothing in the
    >Statement of Faith to exclude them and the recently published
    >commission on creation statement has YEC as one of four viable views
    >in the ASA.

    I do not believe that membership in the ASA should be restricted by
    anything other than the historical Christian creeds. The ASA should not
    require assent to any particular scientific position as a condition of
    membership. For example, even the Geological Society of America (GSA) does
    not require acceptance of an ancient Earth for membership. There are in
    fact several YEC members of the GSA.

    However, while I agree that the ASA should not take any official position
    on any scientific question, it should stand for scientific integrity. It
    should encourage the pursuit of quality scholarship in science and
    theology. That scholarship should be protected in the journal by peer
    review and in the newsletter as well. For this reason, certain positions
    should find it difficult to find their way into the pages of _Perspectives_
    simply because they lack such scholarship. Similarly, you will not find
    articles arguing for a young Earth in the pages of the GSA Bulletin,
    although you might find an article written by a YEC.

    Secondly, the creation statement (for which I was one of the authors) was
    intended as a brief statement of the range of views present within the
    Christian community, and thus within the ASA. This is basically a
    description of reality. However, there is no implication that all of these
    views should be considered "viable." I, for one, view the YEC view as
    utterly nonviable both scientifically and theologically.

    In summary, the guiding principle should be quality scholarship and
    rigorous peer review, not agreement or disagreement with any particular


    Keith B. Miller
    Department of Geology
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS 66506

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