Re: [asa] Tone of discussions

From: John Walley <>
Date: Thu Oct 30 2008 - 07:47:26 EDT

Ok, I recognize this as directed to me, and I will admit you are right, and I appreciate this kind rebuke. My apologies to James and Gregory for my recent sarcastic commments.

However for whatever it is worth, I will offer in my defense that I react strongly and defensively when I sense the creationist mindset being pushed. I see this as an intellectual prison that is destructive to the church that I have only recently escaped from so naturally I desire to prevent others from being snared as I was. And because my wounds are still somewhat raw from this experience and it is still frustrating to think I have spent most of my life there, sometimes this comes out in a less than gracious fashion.

I don't post often on this list but when the recent topics of RTB and PC came up I felt compelled to since I have some experience with this. I will endeavor however to be mindful of this scripture below and your gentle admonition in the future. I do learn a lot from you guys though and appreciate the virtual fellowship.



--- On Thu, 10/30/08, Jon Tandy <> wrote:

> From: Jon Tandy <>
> Subject: [asa] Tone of discussions
> To: "ASA List" <>
> Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008, 7:25 AM
> I ran across this scripture this morning and thought of
> recent (and
> historic) interactions among members on this list, and of
> our need to
> approach these questions with due meekness and grace,
> especially toward
> those of the household of faith. More could be said, but I
> refrain.
> [Titus 3:1-9] Put them in mind to ... be ready to every
> good work, to speak
> evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all
> meekness unto all
> men. For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish,
> disobedient, deceived,
> serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and
> envy, hateful, and
> hating one another.
> But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour
> toward man appeared,
> not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
> according to his mercy
> he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing
> of the Holy Ghost;
> which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our
> Saviour; that being
> justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according
> to the hope of
> eternal life.
> This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that
> thou affirm
> constantly, that they which have believed in God might be
> careful to
> maintain good works. These things are good and profitable
> unto men. But
> avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions,
> and strivings
> about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
> Jon Tandy


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