Bro Ken Drage was a member at Watford when the evolution controversy broke in the 1960s. He has written an open letter addressing evolution and some of the history from the debate which centred around Bro Lovelock. The impact of emotion and pressure from others is noteworthy – as is his observation that the 1960’s discussion were civilised though highly charged (such civility is lacking today!). Bro Ken’s letter is reproduced in full below – it should be mandatory reading, so over to Ken… Continue reading
When someone withdraws from a contest they started it tells you about the strength of their position. The draft business meeting agenda for the 2018 Australasian Conference included a motion from Salisbury (SA) and Wilston (QLD) supported by Enfield (SA) ecclesia. They were trying to achieve majority agreement on THE way to read the basis of fellowship and thereby exclude evolution creation. Despite having the many votes of the Inter Ecclesial Advisory Committee (a group of SA ecclesias), they withdrew the motion at the last minute. Why? Because many east coast ecclesias advised SA of their opposition. Rather than face public defeat, the South Australians withdrew. Will they now cease insisting their understanding is the only understanding? that they alone are right? We can only hope so – a little tolerance of different consciences is after all biblical. Continue reading
LG Sargent wrote a in support of a literal serpent (a view we share) after allowing varying viewpoints to be put. No calls for disfellowship or “common understandings” on the issue. Tolerance of exploration. LG Sargent, despite putting his conclusion, acknowledged that there are difficulties of understanding Genesis 3. He also repeats Bro Thomas’ observation that God placed evil within Adam from the beginning and that trial was part of God’s design. A worthwhile read highlighting our past ability to consider different views without splitting.
LG Sargent’s comment around a controversial article suggesting the serpent in Genesis 3 was not literal ( we think it is literal!) was bound to raise eyebrows. The conclusion of his cover note shows a maturity and tolerance of exploration absent in conservative quarters of our community today. Rather than seeking to narrow fellowship and man the barricades LG Sargent hoped the community would “…be capable of reasonable and informed judgment on Scripture interpretation”. His comments are worth a read:
Conservative leaders in our community are attempting to add to the basis of fellowship between Christadelphian congregations in Australia by adding further definitions/understandings. In attempting to define how God created, they are adding to our creeds and to scripture. Of course they frame their actions as preserving our traditional understanding. Sadly a tradition of division is also possibly going to get strengthened. They complain of Evolutionary Creation being promoted on the internet as if we want to convert you. This is fundamentally untrue. Evolutionary Creationists have no problem with traditional views on creation. Continue reading
Discipleship is about wonderful growth – the baptised believer rises from the water on a promise to imitate Jesus, to be made anew in his image. Some time later, it goes bad. Piety and traditions obscure our understanding of God, His ways and works. Reverence becomes the enemy of clarity. Tradition inhibits growth. Reality is too painful, we argue based on what we think God should have done, based on what we think his character should be. It’s an affliction.
The December 2017 Tidings Magazine caused a small stir with an article that referenced at least 10,000 years of human activity. The comments were challenged and responded to in the February 2018 issue. It is great to see our community’s old (but often neglected?) view of God’s word and works being applied and the facts of God’s creation being accepted rather than brushed aside. Increasingly people are coming to positions not dissimilar to COD’s, because of the God’s facts. Continue reading