Posted by: cjobrien | 7 February 2008

Evolution Sunday 2008

Evolution Weekend starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday, February 10. This is the third annual event marking an effort to highlight the numerous clergy from around the country who find no theological problems with the facts of evolution. To date, more than 11,000 clergy from around the nation are signatories to the Clergy Letter.

The letter reads in part:

We the undersigned, Christian clergy from many different traditions, believe that the timeless truths of the Bible and the discoveries of modern science may comfortably coexist. We believe that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth, one that has stood up to rigorous scrutiny and upon which much of human knowledge and achievement rests. To reject this truth or to treat it as “one theory among others” 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. To argue that God’s loving plan of salvation for humanity precludes the full employment of the God-given faculty of reason is to attempt to limit God, an act of hubris. We urge school board members to preserve the integrity of the science curriculum by affirming the teaching of the theory of evolution as a core component of human knowledge. We ask that science remain science and that religion remain religion, two very different, but complementary, forms of truth.

The Clergy Letter Project has also begun enlisting scientists who are willing to consult with local clergy regarding the facts of evolutionary theory.

I have requested my name be put on the list as an available resource for clergy from northeastern California, especially those in Lassen County who might wish to better understand evolutionary theory.

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