Shuck and Jive

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Johnson City Evolves


Thanks to the Johnson City Press for including an article about Evolution Sunday!

ELIZABETHTON — Evolution Sunday, part of the Clergy Letter Project, will be observed this week at First Presbyterian Church, 119 W. F St.

The theme will be “Learning the Ancestor’s Tale,” the church said in a release. Ancestors who are a part of evolutionary history will be honored.

Evolution Sunday is designed to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible.

According to the release, one important goal is to elevate the quality of the debate of this issue. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand evolution is sound science and that it poses no problems for their faith. Finally, the event wishes to make clear that those claiming people must choose between religion and science are creating a false dichotomy.

A total of 830 congregations from all 50 states are scheduled to participate in the event.

For information, call 543-7737 or e-mail the Rev. John A. Shuck at johnashuck [at] embarqmail [dot] com .
I am not exactly sure how we are going to honor "ancestors who are part of evolutionary history" but I heard rumors that our deacons have made some chocolate trilobites for our reception following worship.




P.S. Blame Snad for the this pic that will adorn our bulletin cover.

9 comments:

  1. I guess you can blame me for the cookies, too! I found the recipe here.

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  2. Ah, looking forward to satisfying my genetic mammalian desire for sugar in an inventive way! : )

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  3. Love the poster from Snad! Can I take it for my Facebook pictures?

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  4. I am sure you can. Snad picked it from somewhere! :)

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  5. I take no credit other than knowing how to use Google images.

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  6. John, your bulletin cover says "Very gradual change we can believe in". Have you ever read Darwin? Darwin said "If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possible have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down." Denton, Evolution in Crisis, p 213. The Origin of the Species, 6th ed (1962) Collier Books, New York, p 182.

    No evolutionist can show empirically or speculatively how birds evolved from dinosaurs. Birds, because of high metabolism, have a flow through lung. Dinos had a bellows or u-turn lung. In order for a flow through lung to develop gradually by "numerous, successive, slight modifications" the dino-bird would have to have held its breath.

    By Darwin's own authority and testimony his natural selection hypothesis has failed.

    You, your session and congregation have endorsed this fool.

    Pathetic.

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  7. "No evolutionist can show empirically or speculatively how birds evolved from dinosaurs. Birds, because of high metabolism, have a flow through lung..."

    Hmm, maybe you should read this: http://people.eku.edu/ritchisong/birdrespiration.html
    or maybe this: http://college.holycross.edu/faculty/lclaesse/O'Connor_Claessens2005.pdf

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  8. "Darwin said...."

    Yes, and Darwin is dead. As it turns out, with all due respect to Mr. Darwin, we actually know much more about his theories today than he did 128 years ago. Nor are our theories exactly the same as his were when he formulated them.

    As someone with a "science endorsement", surely Mr/Ms Kernelp knows that because scientific knowledge changes over time as new evidence is discovered, it is a reliable way to know about the natural world.

    Unlike dogma.

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  9. Aristotle thought that the natural state for big bulky objects was to be at rest on the firm ground. According to him a bigger object has a stronger desire to restore this order than a smaller one, and it would then naturally fall to the ground faster if dropped.

    What a pathetic frickin' idiot, eh, Kernelp? Chuh.

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