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Denis Hancock

I have kept a textbook for many years that I read for my senior seminar as a zoology student at Colorado State University. Its title is Bioethics -- Bridge to the Future (Van Rensselaer Potter, Prentice Hall, 1971. The professor said that this was a departure from previous seminars, but he thought we might benefit by discussing the topic.

We did, and many of the discussions made a lasting impression on me.

Much of the discussion among scientists then and now was at best neutral toward religion, and at worst, hostile. Potter acknowledged that there are different ways of looking at reality, and devoted an entire chapter to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (rejecting much of his philosophy, but agreeing with his focus on the future).

I was encouraged to read Cameron's melding of a Christian world-view with bioethical considerations and his call for evangelicals to become part of the discussion.

For something like this to happen and to be effective, evangelicals need to know more about science and its methods. And we need to know the difference between science and religion. And we need to see science as a valid way of viewing the universe, and not as an adversary to religion.

Michael Kruse

"For something like this to happen and to be effective, evangelicals need to know more about science and its methods. And we need to know the difference between science and religion. And we need to see science as a valid way of viewing the universe, and not as an adversary to religion."

Thanks for this reminder! This is a prime example of where evangelicals have failed miserably. Because "ministry" is what goes on inside the four walls of a "sacred building" evangelicals have depricated the work of people in business, government, science and a host of other callings. Many of those who went into "the ministry" should have instead been at business school, law school and in science labs engaing the conversation in those fields. Those who did enter these fields should have been lifted up and supported in their work. Evangelicals have made strides to overcome this error but there is a loooong way to go. (End of sermon) Thanks for this reminder! This is a prime example of where evangelicals have failed miserably. Because "ministry" is what goes on inside the four walls of a "sacred building" evangelicals have deprecated the work of people in business, government, science and a host of other callings. Many of those who went into "the ministry" should have instead been at business school, law school and in science labs engaging the conversation in those fields. Those who did enter these fields should have been lifted up and supported in their work. Evangelicals have made strides to overcome this error but there is a loooong way to go. (End of sermon)

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