Wednesday, February 15, 2006

10,000 Ministers: Theory of Evolution Is "A Foundational Scientific Truth"?

When men forsake the strait-forward meaning AND teaching of Scripture, all manner of chaos follows. The following article, posted on the Moriel Be Alert Update, is just one example among many of the wisdom of man undermining the basic interpretation of the Genesis Creation account.

HERE IS A VERY SIMPLE, PRACTICAL, AND BASIC QUESTION: Did God intend for us to confuse our children when teaching them the first pages of the Bible?

To confuse the basic creation account is to betray our children with lies by TURNING God's OWN CREATION ACCOUNT IN HIS WORD into MYTHOLOGY. This has to be one of the finest lies of Satan has ever concocted. If the Devil can confuse our children about the fisrt pages of the Bible, then they will grow up not only confused about the Creation account, but they will most likely not trust the rest of God's Holy Word.

One wonders what these 10,000 ministers have taught their own children and all the children who come to the churches they minister at.

Chris at SRN
----Read on folks...

At Churches Nationwide, Good Words for Evolution
NEW YORK TIMES - By NEELA BANERJEE and ANNE BERRYMAN - February 13, 2006

On the 197th birthday of Charles Darwin, ministers at several hundred churches around the country preached yesterday against recent efforts to undermine the theory of evolution, asserting that the opposition many Christians say exists between science and faith is false.

At St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, a small contemporary structure among the pricey homes of north Atlanta, the Rev. Patricia Templeton told the 85 worshipers gathered yesterday, "A faith that requires you to close your mind in order to believe is not much of a faith at all."

In the basement of an apartment building in Evanston, Ill., the Rev. Mitchell Brown said to the 21 people who came to services at the Evanston Mennonite Church that Darwin's theories in fact had compelled people to have faith rather than look for "special effects" to confirm the existence of God.

"He forced religion to grow up, to become, really, faith for the first time," Mr. Brown said. "The life of community, that is where we know God today."

The event, called Evolution Sunday, is an outgrowth of the Clergy Letter Project, started by academics and ministers in Wisconsin in early 2005 as a response to efforts, most notably in Dover, Pa., to discredit the teaching of evolutionary theory in public schools.

"There was a growing need to demonstrate that the loud, shrill voices of fundamentalists claiming that Christians had to choose between modern science and religion were presenting a false dichotomy," said Michael Zimmerman, dean of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the major organizer of the letter project.

Mr. Zimmerman said more than 10,000 ministers had signed the letter, which states, in part, that the theory of evolution is "a foundational scientific truth." To reject it, the letter continues, "is to deliberately embrace scientific ignorance and transmit such ignorance to our children."...

Most of the signatories to the project and those preaching on Sunday were from the mainline Protestant denominations. Their congregations have shrunk sharply over the last 30 years. At the same time, the number of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians has risen considerably, and many of them, because of their literalist view of the Bible, doubt evolutionary theory.

The Clergy Letter Project said that 441 congregations in 48 states and the District of Columbia were taking part in Evolution Sunday, but that was impossible to verify independently. Around Chicago, two churches that were listed on the project's Web site as participants in the event said they were in fact not planning to deliver sermons on the subject...
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/13/national/13evolution.html?th&emc=th

What Does God Say on the Subject?

Romans 1:20-24

"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness..."