Re: Full disclosure (was Grand Canyon Tears America Apart )

From: George Murphy <gmurphy@raex.com>
Date: Tue Jan 27 2004 - 06:32:07 EST

Dick Fischer wrote:
>
> Preston wrote:
>
> >I checked recently and Wheaton still has in its doctrinal statement that
> >humans were separately created. Faculty supposedly have to affirm
> >everything in the statement. I wondered how they could find anyone to
> >teach anthropology and related matters. Any observations on this?
>
> There was a bruhaha a few years back with one of their teachers refusing to
> acquiesce. It was just prior to when ASA had there annual conference
> there. I don't remember how it turned out. The Wheaton statement of faith
> reads in part:
>
> "WE BELIEVE that God directly created Adam and Eve, the historical parents
> of the entire human race; and that they were created in His own image,
> distinct from all other living creatures, and in a state of original
> righteousness.
>
> "WE BELIEVE that our first parents sinned by rebelling against God's
> revealed will and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death, and
> that as a result all human beings are born with a sinful nature that leads
> them to sin in thought, word, and deed.
>
> I would suggest they modify their statement to say:
>
> "WE BELIEVE that God directly created Adam and Eve, and that they were
> created in His own image, distinct from all other living creatures, and in
> a state of original righteousness.
>
> "WE BELIEVE that Adam sinned by rebelling against God's revealed will and
> thereby incurred death, and that all human beings have a sinful nature that
> leads them to sin in thought, word, and deed.
>
> Anybody care to send them this suggested revision?
>
> Dick Fischer - Genesis Proclaimed Association
> Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History
> www.genesisproclaimed.org
>
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> Preston wrote:
>
> I checked recently and Wheaton still has in its doctrinal
> statement that humans were separately created. Faculty
> supposedly have to affirm everything in the statement. I
> wondered how they could find anyone to teach anthropology
> and related matters. Any observations on this?
>
> There was a bruhaha a few years back with one of their teachers
> refusing to acquiesce. It was just prior to when ASA had there annual
> conference there. I don't remember how it turned out. The Wheaton
> statement of faith reads in part:
>
> "WE BELIEVE that God directly created Adam and Eve, the historical
> parents of the entire human race; and that they were created in His
> own image, distinct from all other living creatures, and in a state of
> original righteousness.
>
> "WE BELIEVE that our first parents sinned by rebelling against God's
> revealed will and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death,
> and that as a result all human beings are born with a sinful nature
> that leads them to sin in thought, word, and deed.
>
> I would suggest they modify their statement to say:
>
> "WE BELIEVE that God directly created Adam and Eve, and that they were
> created in His own image, distinct from all other living creatures,
> and in a state of original righteousness.
>
> "WE BELIEVE that Adam sinned by rebelling against God's revealed will
> and thereby incurred death, and that all human beings have a sinful
> nature that leads them to sin in thought, word, and deed.
>
> Anybody care to send them this suggested revision?

        Before anyone sends it I suggest omitting the word "directly" from the first
statement. Evolution means creation through secondary causes - i.e., indirectly. (OTOH
simply saying "created doesn't rule out unmediated creation.)

                                                Shalom,
                                                George

George L. Murphy
gmurphy@raex.com
http://web.raex.com/~gmurphy/
Received on Tue Jan 27 06:38:16 2004

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