Re: ASA's "neutrality policy"

From: Mervin Bitikofer <>
Date: Fri Dec 16 2005 - 20:36:25 EST

Ditto to Mr. Hamilton's ASA affirmation. As a newcomer I may not be a
good judge, but the ASA seems like a goldmine to me. If I wanted to
frequent sites where the only dialogue found is trash-talk about the
"enemy", then I have thousands of sites to choose among. Bravo to the
ASA for being different!


Bill Hamilton wrote:

> Ted Davis wrote
> Here is what I said as the final paragraph (in full) from my
> ballot for
> election to the ASA Council this year:
> >A second challenge comes from growing tension within the larger
> body of
> >Christ between advocates of "intelligent design" and advocates of
> what
> >is commonly called "theistic evolution" (and I recognize that
> some ASA
> >members and other people advocate views that might fit into both
> >categories). Throughout its history the ASA has facilitated helpful,
> >respectful exchanges of views on many aspects of the origins
> controversy,
> >while not endorsing officially any one particular view. If
> elected, I would
> >do what I can to help the ASA retain and enhance its role as an
> effective
> >forum for the healthy exchange of views on all issues related to
> science and
> >Christian faith, and to increase our visibility among the
> religious press.
> The ASA serves a function that is not served anywhere else: A
> forum for respectful discussions among Christians with different
> views on origins. Certainly churches in general don't serve that
> function (in many churches just expressing mild doubts about
> creationism is enough to get you chewed out or worse) That's sad,
> but imagine how things would be if ASA took and enforced a
> position on YEC. Secondly, there is a large group of technically
> trained Christians whose expertise is not in the geological or
> biological sciences, who may honestly accept the YEC position. We
> owe it to these folks (I was one of them) to be a place where
> intelligent, respectful discussion and learning can take place.
> I'm glad Ted got elected. I voted for him.
> Bill Hamilton
> William E. Hamilton, Jr., Ph.D.
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