Re: Will the transition ever occur in our lifetime?

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret <>
Date: Wed Oct 12 2005 - 12:21:21 EDT

1) I mostly agree with this one, although I don't see that contemporary
Christian music plays much of a role in anti-science sentiment, beyond it
attracting people to the radio stations where anti-evolution opinions are

2) Censorship of pastors for "scholarly perspectives," I expect, varies
highly from church to church... some congregations thrive on such
perspectives. Unfortunately, even in such churches, that "scholarly
perspective' is unlikely to include much knowledge of basic science because
most pastors are not trained in sciences. (How many science majors wind up
going to seminary?)

As for the college funding issues, do you have specific examples of
accreditted colleges in which this has occurred?

Actually, I think many Christians consider scientists reasonably smart
people (or at least appreciate the technology and medical procedures science
has provided) and are eager to find some way of reconciling science with
their religion. Unfortunately, many people think they have found this in
intelligent design.

3) Here I agree

4) Also here.

Louise M. Freeman, PhD
Psychology Dept
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 24401
FAX 540-887-7121

-----Original Message-----
Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 14:44:02 +0000
Subject: Will the transition ever occur in our lifetime?

> Upon reading the ASA discussions recently surrounding YEC and ID, and
> following the news media on the heightened awareness of origins
> controversies, I attempted to identify the culprits.
> Following are four hurdles that I believe we must overcome to make the
> transition from the current state of affairs to a recognition that
> belief in a divine creator does not equate to scientific ignorance:
> 1) POP-THEOLOGY - The role of pop-theology in American evangelical
> society is over-valued. Common avenues of pop-theology include: "Left
> Behind" book series, James Dobson, popular/trendy Bible study kits,
> contemporary music, and Christian radio stations.
> 2) ACADEMIC GAP - This goes hand-in-hand with number one. Most lay
> people will never attend seminary, never be exposed to academic
> journals, and never come into contact with rationale outside of
> pop-theology. Thus, pop-theology serves as their sole source on matters
> such as origins and end-times theology. Ministers who attended a
> seminary where academic freedom is tolerated discover quickly that
> introducing congregations to views other than what's popular does not
> make for good pulpit material. Any attempt to reveal scholarly
> perspectives can land a pastor in front of the personnel committee very
> quickly. Another aspect of the academic gap is the restriction on what
> professors can teach in Christian colleges. Should a teacher introduce
> TE as a viable view, and students tell their home church what their
> learning, home church will threaten to pull funding from the said
> college, and the said college will tell the teacher to stop discussing
> TE.
> 3) ANTI-EVOLUTION PROPAGANDA - Much of this comes through the
> Pop-Theology communication protocols. To attribute current immoral
> behavior as being the result of evolutionary teaching is a major
> disservice to origins science. How does one explain the immoral
> behavior prior to Darwin?
> INTERPRETATION - The first three above are the result of this major
> misunderstanding. The irony here is that the accusations against
> scientists who interpret data in favor of evolution come from people
> who neglect authorial intent when interpreting Genesis. The assumption
> of a literal interpretation of a deep allegorical text has caused the
> current state of affairs.
> -Phil
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