THIS one is a little off of our usual beat. It’s at the website of the Associated Baptist Press, which describes itself as: ” the first and only independent news service created by and for Baptists.” There we read Another Prostate Prayer — Recovery .
The author is Ed Sunday-Winters, described as: “senior pastor of Ball Camp Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.” Here’s some more information about him at his church’s website: Dr. Ed Sunday-Winters. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his article, with bold added by us. But first, note that the Associated Baptist Press has placed this disclaimer at the end of the article:
As part of our mission to provide credible and compelling information about matters of faith, Associated Baptist Press actively seeks a diversity of viewpoints in its columns, commentaries and other opinion-based content. Opinions expressed in these articles are not intended to represent ABP editorial policy and do not necessarily reflect the views of ABP’s staff, board of directors or supporters.
Okay, with that disclaimer in mind, here we go:
Six weeks ago, my urologist told me that I had prostate cancer. A week ago, I had surgery to remove my prostate. Today I am recovering from that surgery and marveling at the medical technology that has been brought to bear on my condition. I am cancer free. Who knew that they could do all of that?
We’re happy for him, but where is his article going? Let’s read on:
Reading the newspaper during one of those recovery days, I was reminded that I live in a county where the biology used in our county high schools is being protested by some well meaning servant of the Lord because it is too scientific and not respectful enough of religion. It is the latest manifestation of the seemingly ageless conflict between science and religion. Yet, this time it is different for me. This time I am keenly aware of the efficacy of a medical system that rests on the foundations of an evolutionary understanding of biology.
Aha! Reality has a funny way of making an impression. We continue:
The truth of the matter is that every advance in medicine in the last 50 years was made by someone who studied biology from a perspective that was not hostile to Darwinian influence. We live longer, fuller lives, because of their efforts and dedication. Some of the people who have made these advances are people of faith. They manage to do cutting-edge scientific research and believe in God. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. Believing in God and being a good scientist is a rich and meaningful way to live a life that is pleasing to God and beneficial to humanity.
It’s always good to see someone who can, however difficult it may be for him, accept the value of science. Here’s more:
For those who want to protest the teaching that goes on in our public schools with regard to science education, the more germane place to protest might be the local hospital. The hospitals, the doctor’s offices and the surgery centers are the places where all that science education ultimately gets put into practice. If those who cannot reconcile a religious understanding of God’s creative activity with Darwin’s theory of evolution wish to eliminate the latter’s influence on their lives, then they should demonstrate their resolve by refusing the care of those educated and trained in modern science.
If only all Sunday-Winters’ readers were so rational! We imagine they’re not, otherwise what’s the purpose for the publication’s eidtorial disclaimer? Moving along:
This mode of protest would be far better for the rest of us as it would not subject the science education of future doctors, scientists and researchers to the fundamentalist fears of overzealous religionists. Many churches have their own schools. Let them teach whatever they want to teach and call it science. However, do let good science be taught in our schools meant to serve the common good of us all.
Tell it, brother! One last excerpt:
… I am thankful for those who work, study, learn and develop new procedures, medicines and technologies that I will never know, but have touched my life nonetheless. I wish religious people would not demonize them so. They do much good.
We searched his church’s website, but we couldn’t find anything there about The Controversy between evolution and creationism. It’s possible that Sunday-Winters has always been of the opinion he expressed in this article. If so, good for him. If not, then we welcome him to reality. Better late than never.
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