Re: [asa] RE: TE and apologetics (ASA membership)

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Fri Sep 18 2009 - 13:38:00 EDT

Bernie wrote:

> FYI, as an unbeliever, in my case I'm an ASA member but that is because I
> was a believer when I signed-up and paid the last dues, so this is my last
> year unless I get booted-out (and if I get booted, do I get a partial
> refund? ;-).
> Oh, I hope you know I still like you guys... ;-)
> Actually, if it wasn't for the ASA, I would have left Christianity 2 years
> earlier. The ASA (esp. the people in it) gave me more to consider before
> leaving so I can leave with more confidence. And I'm thankful for the
> experience of getting to know very smart science-educated Christians...
> which I haven't experienced anywhere else.
> ...Bernie

Bernie, we love you and have greatly appreciated (most of the time!) all
your contributions to the list and to ASA. It has been of value to follow
your intellectual journey. I think I speak for many, if not all, on this
list when I say we grieve to hear of your claim to have lost your faith. We
would do anything to change your mind and help you keep the faith. Ceratinly
we will all be praying for you and continuing to care for you in every way
we can.

As for ASA, I do not want you to do anything rashly. But if you feel that
you can no longer be a member with integrity, then the appropriate move is
to write us to ask to change your membership status from Member to Friend.
The Friend status, which at least some on this list have, is a category for
those who want to be part of the organization but, for whatever reason,
would rather not sign the statement of faith. It is a non-voting status and
the dues are the same as for members. (we wouldn't want to offer any
financial incentive for changing one's beliefs!) When renewal time comes,
you will be given the chance to renew as a Friend.

May God keep you in the palm of his hand and bring you back into the fold,
May the very existence of the people on this list, scientists with a
continuing faith in God, be a beacon for you as you navigate the choppy


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