Salt, pepper, and blah

Articles, presented elsewhere in this web site, which I have authored, are all written in opposition to creationism, and, therefore, their contents may imply to some viewers that I am against Christianity. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am a practicing Christian and a member of the United Methodist Church in Thousand Oaks, California. In the 1970s and 1980s, I was on the faculty for Holden Village, a Lutheran family camp in the Cascade Mountains of central Washington for 12 summers for varying lengths of time. For twenty years I acted as a coordinator of Lay Witness Missions (sponsored by the United Methodist Church headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee), leading teams of lay people for sharing faith during weekends for more than 100 churches, but I have chosen to retire because the aging mind is not as sharp as it once was. At any rate, these activities should make it clear that my opposition to creationism and the pseudoscience advocated by persons who make a literal interpretation of the Bible, is not in any way in opposition to Christianity. As a scientist, geologist, and Christian, I am in awe of a Creator who has created a universe, using natural laws that are so dependable that no where is there any physical evidence that He/She finds it necessary to break them. In fact, these laws are independent of one's particular faith and religious beliefs, or lack thereof. Nevertheless, I have a strong commitment to Christianity while still being a scientist. The following is a message that I presented in the 1970s at Holden Village at a vespers worship service. Its contents express my Christian witness which I continue to hold even now. I offer it for those who are interested.