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Christians gather in celebration … of Darwin

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 17, 2009

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This week marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, and this year the 150th of “The Origin of Species” and the fourth in a campaign to proclaim — from the pulpit — that religion and science are not sworn enemies.

More than a dozen Oregon faith communities are among 980 congregations taking part in Evolution Weekend in all 50 states and 14 countries.

“People assume that a large portion of Christianity is opposed to science,” said the Rev. Daniel E.H. Bryant of Eugene, who was polishing his sermon earlier this week. “We aren’t,” said the pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “We are not literalists in our approach to Scripture,” he said in an interview. “We take creation seriously, not literally.”

Bryant is one of more than 246 Oregonians out of 11,800 Christian, Jewish and Unitarian Universalist clergy members who have signed one of three versions of “The Clergy Letter” since 2004. The letter declares that “the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth” and that rejecting it or portraying it as “one theory among others” amounts to embracing “scientific ignorance” and passing it along to the next generation.

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