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February 12, 2006

Religion, Science and Sanity

It was Darwin's birthday today and hundreds of ministers around the country of all Christian denominations told their parishioners that there was no argument between science and religion.  The New York Times, in an article in tomorrow's edition by Neela Banerjee and Anne Berryman, says that the event, called Evolution Sunday, grew out of the Clergy Letter Project, begun a year ago as a response to the Intelligent Design attempts to discredit the teaching of evolutionary theory in public schools, heating up at the time in the Dover, Pa, school district.

"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."

"We believe that among God's good gifts are human minds capable of critical thought and that the failure to fully employ this gift is a rejection of the will of our Creator," the letter says.

Yeah for sanity and standing up for what is right! These were mostly mainline churches, who have been losing their membership.  But 10,000 ministers taking stands makes a difference, and according to the article, their members liked what they heard.  There is something happening here. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on February 12, 2006 at 11:07 PM in Miscellany | Permalink


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