Re: [asa] Nature editorial

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Date: Wed Jun 13 2007 - 17:52:37 EDT

The editorial is mostly in response to Sen. Sam Brownback's op-ed article in the New York Times.  Brownback said, "Aspects of these theories [of evolution] that undermine this truth [that humans are in God's image], however, should be firmly rejected as atheistic theology posing as science".  The editorial basically says not to denounce the science based on religious faith alone.

George is on the right track.  Neither Brownback nor the Nature editors seem to have a very deep appreciation of millenia of discussion on what it means to be the imago dei.

Karl V. Evans

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From: Charles Carrigan <>
Sent: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 1:35 pm
Subject: [asa] Nature editorial

Dear Friends,


I just got the table of contents email for the June 14 issue of Nature.  Scanning through it I see there is an editorial entitled "Evolution and the brain".  Sounds interesting.  But then below that it says "With all deference to the sensibilities of religious people, the idea that man was created in the image of God can surely be put aside." 


I haven't yet read the editorial (no easy access), but the statement regarding the image of God seems too absurd for words.  Sounds like another poor attempt by scientists to do bad theology outside their area of expertise. 


Has anyone read it & willing to comment?





Charles W. Carrigan, Ph.D.
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Olivet Nazarene Univ., Dept. of Physical Sciences
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"To a naturalist nothing is indifferent;
the humble moss that creeps upon the stone
is equally interesting as the lofty pine which so beautifully adorns the valley or the mountain:
but to a naturalist who is reading in the face of the rocks the annals of a former world,
the mossy covering which obstructs his view,
and renders indistinguishable the different species of stone,
is no less than a serious subject of regret."
          - James Hutton

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