Re: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks

From: Denis O. Lamoureux <>
Date: Wed Apr 09 2008 - 22:46:59 EDT

Personal story makes up a chapter of the book.
Anyone who wants it, send a private e-mail and
I'll send you the copy-edited draft & pics.

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From: "Dennis Venema" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 1:34 PM
Subject: [asa] personal introduction and a question about textbooks

> Hello everyone,
> As a recent subscriber to this mail list, I thought a brief introduction
> might be in order before I begin to contribute.
> My training is as a developmental biologist and Drosophila geneticist. I
> study pattern formation during development using cell / molecular biology
> techniques and confocal microscopy. I am in a tenure-track faculty
> position
> at Trinity Western University (Langley, BC Canada) and currently filling
> the
> role of biology department chair here.
> I am also interested / engaged with teaching research, particularly with
> respect to teaching genetics. More recently, I have been drawn into the
> whole discussion of origins. The impetus for this was a request to edit a
> book chapter on biology / faith issues. The "edit" became a major
> reworking
> of the chapter and also forced me to read deeply / widely on this issue
> for
> the first time.
> My personal journey on this issue started with an ambiguous YEC stance as
> a
> youth, although my particular church didn't focus on the issue. During my
> undergrad and early graduate school days I was enamored with ID without
> seriously investigating it or reading critiques of it. Once getting the
> job
> at TWU I left the issue on the back burner as I focused on teaching and
> getting my research program off the ground (no small feat at a small
> institution). When the opportunity to edit/revise this chapter came along
> I
> fell headlong into the debate - and emerged as a theistic evolutionist /
> evolutionary creationist, despite my initial pro-ID leanings.
> As I have read up on the history of this debate my hat is off to those who
> have hoed this hard earth before me - Van Till, Lamoureux, Collins, Keith
> Miller, Colling, the Haarsmas and many others whom I have yet to read.
> Denis, as a newcomer I would like to hear more of your story - or, if it
> is
> in print somewhere, perhaps you could direct me to it. I'm looking forward
> to reading your new book, and your recent article in PSCF was excellent. I
> have a colleague in OT studies here at TWU who introduced me to ANE
> cosmology, but having your work in PSCF means I have an easy resource to
> direct students to. Thank you.
> --
> One small question that has been brewing as I have engaged this debate is
> that in terms of Christian biology textbooks / resources the only ones I
> know of are explicitly YEC and present the YEC position as if it were (a)
> scientific and (b) the only "Christian" option for understanding origins.
> I
> also note that the interim ruling in ACSI vs Stearns may lead to more
> universities taking a stand on this issue and barring students from
> Christian schools based on their biology texts (note that UC accepted the
> ACSI chemistry texts as well as those in other subjects). Yet the
> Christian
> school market (and the homeschool market) has no other options that I know
> of.
> Perhaps it is time for a high school biology text with sound science from
> a
> Christian perspective? Has this issue been discussed here previously? Or
> do
> resources exist that I do not know about?
> Thanks all,
> Dennis
> --
> Dennis R. Venema, Ph.D.
> Assistant Professor and Chair, Biology Dept.
> Trinity Western University
> 7600 Glover Road
> Langley, B.C. Canada
> V2Y 1Y1
> 604-513-2121 ext. 3446
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