Re: Cornell

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Date: Thu Nov 17 2005 - 12:55:16 EST

 I think it's the same Frank Rhodes. He usually used his two middle initials (which I can't remember right now) -- often a sign of being from east of the Pond. I never heard of his being involved with ASA.
As for a backlash, some of that may result from the lack of comments by evangelicals of national or international stature. Has anyone heard of a noted evangelical speaking out in public to refute the theologically inane comments of Pat Robertson? Or about the excesses of ID advocates? [Whether or not the excesses are intended by the DI is a different question.]
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From: Michael Roberts <>
To: gordon brown <>;
Sent: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 23:18:42 -0000
Subject: Re: Cornell

Does anyone know anything about a previous Cornell president Frank Rhodes. In the 50s and 60s before popping across the pond he was a leading light in RSCF renamed Christians in Science ie the ASA equivalent, along with Donald Mackay
Was he ever involved with ASA
He was a geologist and wrote a penguin book The Evolution of Life
One problem is that an intellectual backlash may be directed at all evangelicals
----- Original Message ----- From: "gordon brown" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 9:17 PM
Subject: Re: Cornell
> The following is an excerpt from an e-mail sent out today by Cornell
> University President Hunter Rawlings.
> Gordon Brown
> Department of Mathematics
> University of Colorado
> Boulder, CO 80309-0395
> This strength and stability of purpose allowed me to use this year's state > of the university speech to address a matter I believe is of great > significance to Cornell and to the country as a whole, a matter with > fundamental educational, intellectual, and political implications. The > issue in question is the challenge to science posed by religiously-based > opposition to evolution, described, in its current form, as "intelligent > design."
> This controversy raises profound questions about the nature of public > discourse and what we teach in universities, and it has a profound effect > on public policy. I welcome your comments and observations regarding the > speech, which can be found at the following website: >
> I believe the time has come for universities like Cornell to contribute to > the nation's cultural and intellectual discourse. We must be willing to > take on a broader role as defenders of rational thought and framers of > discourse about culture and society. In this spirit, I have asked our > three academic task forces, on life in the age of the genome, wisdom in > the age of digital information, and sustainability, to consider means of > confronting the following questions: how to separate information from > knowledge and knowledge from ideology; how to understand and address the > ethical dilemmas and anxieties that scientific discovery has produced; and > how to assess the influence of secular humanism on culture and society.
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