I suggest contacting Chuck Ellenbaum from DuPage who is well-prepared and
credentialed in both anthropology and religion ELLENBAU@...
contact the American Anthro. Association for contact with the new section
recognized just a couple of years ago on Anthropology of Religion. They have
an outstanding list of leaders well-prepared in the research within this
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Popplestone, Ann [SMTP:Ann.Popplestone@...]
> Sent: Thursday, September 30, 1999 6:23 PM
> To: 'SACC-L'
> Subject: [SACC-L] FW: Clarification of my 'Plea for Help'
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> Sent: Thursday, September 30, 1999 6:14 PM
> To: Ann.Popplestone@...
> Subject: Clarification of my 'Plea for Help'
> Dear Members of SACC-L:
> Based on today's mail, I started something that as Mr. Whatley points out
> really does not belong here. Please let me clarify my goals and thus,
> hopefully, avoid further misunderstandings of my purpose.
> My Purpose:
> I am looking for information, to be plugged into a simple chart, on
> specific religions (and their denominations) and their response to
> Darwinian evolutionary theory.
> Two examples:
> Literal Reading of the Biblical book of Genesis. (Akin to Usher
> Arguments put forward as "TRUTH vs. Theory"
> See: Lubavitcher Rebbe: Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (
> Roman Catholicism:
> Accepts principle that one can believe in Evolution and be a good Roman
> See: Pope John Paul II's Oct. 22, 1996 remarks to the Pontifical Academy
> of Science.
> (Found in: Origins, v. 27, no. 34, (Feb. 12, 1998.))
> Also: Popes before John Paul II have spoken favorably on Darwinian
> evolution, though with the condition that the believer posit the "special
> creation of the soul" at some point in the evolutionary plan.
> (Note: These two entries were sent to me by list members. Thank you.)
> The two reasons for my gathering this information:
> One: To remedy my own ignorance and accordingly be better able to talk
> with my students. I have students who are Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, etc.
> in my class and I do not know their religion's take on Darwinian
> evolutionary theory.
> Also, I have students who are worried that they are not supposed to even
> listen to the ideas put forward in Darwinian evolutionary theory when
> there is actually no reason why they should be possessed of that fear. (I
> can't tell you how many Roman Catholic students have told me that they
> thought that they were being 'bad' for taking Anthropology.)
> It should also be noted that I do attend a church and have looked at the
> Biblical Book of Genesis' two creation accounts. I do not agree with Mr.
> Whatley's interpretation of that text, but wholeheartedly agree with his
> point that there are many Protestant Christians who do not at all believe
> in Usher's calculation as TRUTH. (Indeed, even William Jennings Bryan,
> Protestant Christian fundamentalist extraordinaire, revealed at the Scope
> Trial that he did not agree with this calculation.)
> Two: I respectfully disagree with Mr. Whatley's assertion that local
> boards will continue to do what they are not forced to do by their state
> department of education. Local BOEs IMHO will always take the path of
> least resistance. In Kansas, I suspect that most BOEs will eliminate from
> their local curriculums that for which the state will not hold them
> accountable. In my particular case, there certainly is not any requirement
> in New Jersey for Social Studies departments to offer an Anthropology
> elective course. Thus I very much fear that one complaint not met with an
> intelligent, well-informed reponse on my part will result in the BOE
> taking the path of least resistance and just cancelling the course.
> Thus, if you know the position (with a citation) on Darwinian evolutionary
> theory of a specific denomimation, such as the Presbyterian, Mormon,
> Eastern Orthodoxy (to just use Christian examples), please send it my way
> and I'll plug it into my chart.
> Thanks in advance for your help and, as I really prefer to be a lurker,
> I'm really sorry to have caused any problems. Mr. Whatley is correct in
> that talkorigins.org is a better venue for a debate on creation beliefs as
> they apply to Darwinian evolutionary theory and vice versa.
> Matthew Higgins.