Re: [asa] Guidelines

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <>
Date: Sat Aug 29 2009 - 09:36:23 EDT

Good reminder, Randy.

I have that summed up on my desk as:

Never ascribe to malice that which may simply be
incompetence or ignorance.

Never ascribe to incompetence or ignorance
that which may simply be a contrary assumption.

On 8/29/09, Randy Isaac <> wrote:
> A few weeks ago, someone asked for guidelines for this list. Some posts
> during these weeks illustrate the need for a reminder. This note is such a
> reminder of at least some aspects of our philosophy.
> The preface to our statement of faith, as posted on our website
> at is:
> As an organization, the ASA does not take a position when there is honest
> disagreement between Christians on an issue. We are committed to providing
> an open forum where controversies can be discussed without fear of unjust
> condemnation. Legitimate differences of opinion among Christians who have
> studied both the Bible and science are freely expressed within the
> Affiliation in a context of Christian love and concern for truth.
> This means, among other things, that we expect all participants not to
> impugn the character, qualifications, or motives of anyone else. This is
> often tempting for us, since our own impeccable logic interpreting our
> irrefutable data could only be contradicted because of nefarious character
> defects, sheer incompetence, or malicious motives. But please do not point
> that out on this list.
> And please don't hide behind interpretations of the adjectives "honest" or
> "unjust" or "legitimate." Let's all emphasize "...context of Christian love
> and concern for truth." Let us debate ideas, not people.
> Randy

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