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Author Topic:   Bring science to the Bible (Bring science to the Church)
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From: Duluth, Minnesota, U.S. (West end of Lake Superior)
Joined: 11-11-2001

Message 40 of 59 (313561)
05-19-2006 1:46 PM

It has happened at a church I attended
Back in message 7 of the PNT version I said:
Adminnemooseus writes:
I think that this has the makings of a good topic, but...
... my admin instincts tell me it could easily turn into a disaster area topic.
Also there, in message 4, I said:
Adminnemooseus writes:
Of course, we can't force science education into churches, but perhaps there could be an organized program to do such by the churches invitation?
Somewhere back in the late 1970's or 1980's, a geology professor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, made a guest appearance at the Lutheran church (ALC synod I believe) to speak on evolution. This appearance was made part of the regular church service. This professor is also a professed Christian (and I have no reason to doubt his faith) and is one that I had several classes from in route to my now very rusty geology degree.
I have no idea how this visit was arranged, but apparently he was doing a tour of the local churches that were willing to permit his presentation. I also now have no recollection of his presentations content. I do vaguely recall that there was no follow up discussion - Either the congregation accepted the content, or perhaps they just didn't care one way or the other.
I expected this topic to include some variety of the separation of church and state issue. I also expected that there would be discussion of what churches would and would not be willing to host such a presentation. Perhaps I can, even at this late date, get back to this professor and find out if he gave his talk at any of the more fundamentalist churches in the area.

Professor, geology, Whatsamatta U
Evolution - Changes in the environment, caused by the interactions of the components of the environment.
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