Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Uh, Where? ...
Hey, remember this outfit?
The pro-evolution Clergy Letter Project currently has a list of nearly 12,000 ministers who affirm that evolution is true and that the Genesis record is a teaching myth like Aesop's Fables. Since 2006, they have successfully promoted the celebration of an Evolution Sunday in churches throughout the world. The Clergy Letter Project is often cast in the faces of Creationists to insinuate that we are merely a fringe element of Christianity, because there has not yet been an answer to their challenge. Our silence is used as an admission of our alleged irrelevance.
It is disgusting that this modern-day Goliath gets to mock the people of God, flaunting the compromise of some of our ministers as if it represented the majority opinion, with no answer in kind.
The Creation Letter Project now provides an opportunity for Christians, clergy and churches who affirm Biblical Creationism to answer the challenge that the Clergy Letter represents.
Wonder how they're doing? It looks like they have 112 signatures.
Only another 11,779 to go.
I am still shocked at how uneducated many of my pastor or pastor-in-training peers were in matters other than the Bible and "spirituality". That any of them would sign a statement affirming Creationism doesn't phase me at all. Of course they would. It's what they believe fervently. They are the Cubs or Cleveland Browns fans of "Science". They are die hard supporters of their "team". No amount of evidence (or lack of evidence for their position) will diminish their support for their cause.
In the end the world and universe is as old as it is. It came about however it came about. We arrived here however we arrived. The geologic artifacts were caused however they were caused. Our interpretation or belief about them does not change that truth. Best we can do is to attempt to correctly understand and interpret what we stumble upon. That requires evidence and reason - not signatures.
@Curtis: I understand your objection, but I am not operating under the pretension that I determine truth by consensus. The Clergy Letter project is used by various organizations to suggest that since a good number of clergy embrace evolution there is no legitimate conflict between evolution and Biblical revelation. I'm simply trying to demonstrate that a good many clergy [and Christians in general] find the Bible and evolutionary theory in conflict, among other things.
As a current minister, I can persoanlly affirm that most of us receive a rather passive Sunday School indoctrination in YEC which is no match for the immersive public school counter-indoctrination in evolution. My counter-indoctrination was quite successful. In fact, when I returned to the faith at 25 yrs old my wife recalls that when she asked me about evolution, I stated that I supposed God could have used evolution. After evaluating the evidence, I came to the conclusion that evolution was bankrupt.
I note that your "go team!" analogy applies equally well to evolutionists.
In any case, I am glad you are no longer a pastor for the sake of your statement "Best we can do is to attempt to correctly understand and interpret what we stumble upon" which makes it clear that you do not believe the Bible to be the revelation of an infallible God. I do hope that you change your current convictions.
@Eamon: I hope that you will not only take a closer look at my list [and my evidences] but also at the signers of the "Christian" Clergy Letter which include Unitarian Universalist, Mormon, and Jehovah's Witness and Unity church cult members alongside legitimate Christian clergy. Zimmerman seems to have inflated his numbers somewhat.
PS We'll catch up in time! Keep watching!