The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Evolution evokes broad discussion

Some don't feel a choice is necessary

I’m thankful for the articles included in “The evolution question” (October). For many years I’ve believed that evolution could be the method as to how God is creating the universe and the Earth. Though we really don’t need to know, it seems to be the most plausible explanation. The quotation from Gordon Rasmussen on page 15 says it all for me: “I just can’t understand the fuss. Why is it creation or evolution? Why can’t it be creation by means of evolution?” My biological studies and the Spirit lead me to the same conclusion.

Fred Dafler
Dublin, Ohio

Judge did his job

I followed last year’s trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District closely. I was trying to reconcile the black-or-white and all-or-nothing views that were propounded by each side. I wondered where the gray area was. From a professional perspective (I’m a paralegal), I wondered if the judge would rule along political lines (as happens all too often) or, perhaps, rely on the Constitution and the rule of law. Whether or not you agree with Judge John E. Jones’ decision, he did his job: interpreting current law and not rewriting that law. I admire Jones’ personal faith and his willingness to share his story. Thank you for giving us three different views of this controversial subject.

Beth Brockwell
Brunswick, Ga.

Luther and ID

To the arguments against “intelligent design” I offer the following from Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputations: “19. That person does not deserve to be called a theologian who looks upon the invisible things of God as though they were clearly perceptible in those things which have actually happened. 20. [That person] deserves to be called a theologian, however, who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross. 21. A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is.” From what I can tell, ID is largely driven by an anxiety that God may not be God unless someone can prove it. In truth, the hand of God is hidden, generally under its opposite, and is revealed only to faith.

Michael Kerr
Olathe, Kan.

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