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From: Dave Mullenix To: All Msg #111, 93-01-05 00:31:34 Subject: BSN update The latest issue of the "Bible-Science News" arrived today, Volume 30:9. A few highlights: In an editorial on page 4, editor Paul A. Bartz informs us that "we cannot expect science to arrive at an accurate explanation of human consciousness." Apparently, science's commitment to materialistic methods and descriptions leave it "unequipped to describe the spiritual aspects of man." Paul closes out his two page editorial by quoting St. Paul and his old seminary professor to the effect that "those who claim that foolishness is wisdom that we should all value have usually 'been educated beyond their intelligence.'" I couldn't think of a better description of creationists! Two entries are especially interesting. The "Pulse" section, which is composed of commentaries on reader submitted news clippings, begins with a remarkable column entitled, "Will Theistic Evolution Play Well in Peoria?" It seems that creationist objections to the teaching of evolution have caused the school board and some teachers to start teaching that science and religion don't necessarily conflict. You'd think they would be celebrating, but apparently this sort of thing smacks of theistic evolution. Then we get this remarkable statement: "...presenting evolution with God in the starring role presents the religious viewpoint taught in many seminaries and churches. In other words, theistic evolution is a religious viewpoint. As such, teaching theistic evolution in public schools is just as unacceptable as teaching the religious viewpoint of atheistic evolution." Hmmm.... I guess there isn't a seminary in the world that teaches the young earth / six day creation by an omnipotent being theory that the creationists want taught in public schools. For me, the highlight of this issue is in the last article, "From My Point of View: Have Christians Given Up on the Church?" by Gregory A. Hull, Executive director of the BSA. He tells how last September they mailed over 25,000 letters trying to talk people into purchasing a $30.00 one year subscription to BSN for their pastors. "The response was stunning - but for the wrong reasons! Fewer than 200 people responded, a tiny fraction of what we had anticipated." Even more interesting details were in the letters and responses that came back and in some phone calls that Hull made to people who had received the letters: "Many people said that $30 spent on their pastor would just be a useless or wasted gesture. Their pastor did not believe in creation, and was beyond reaching. ... Few expressed any sort of commitment or loyalty to their pastor. The impression was clear and distinct that many Creationists saw themselves as an entrenched minority within their church or denomination." Greg reports that this leaves him "with an unsettling view of the Church", but it leaves me feeling oddly refreshed. Let us hope that the BSN is more accurate in this bit of reporting than in the rest of their work! My thanks to the B-SA crew for getting 1993 off to such an excellent start. --- via Silver Xpress V3.01 [NR]

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