Our most recent post, on a World Magazine contributor’s attempt to “debunk” theistic evolution, sparked such a spirited debate — especially over on Reddit — that I thought it warranted a brief follow-up. And when I say “follow-up,” I mean a CALL TO INTERNET ACTION.
That’s right, I’m calling for a letter writing campaign. If you agree with me, that John Hultink’s recent essay was inappropriate fare for the “lead story” of a major national publication of evangelical news and perspectives, then let them know.
Here’s a copy of the letter I sent in this morning. Feel free to adapt it or otherwise allow it to inspire you in your own epistolary endeavors:
I’m writing to voice my sincere displeasure with your publication of the Aug. 17 (online publication date) of John Hultink’s essay, “Just say the Word.” When I learned that your publication was going to be exploring the evolution debate more in depth this year, I was hopeful that those who accept the overwhelming scientific evidence for common descent would receive, at least, a fair and even-handed hearing. I can now see how naive I was.
The article was poorly written and even more poorly reasoned. The author’s discussion of science was not only laughably incorrect but blatantly contradicted his own previous points about how God’s methods of creation would always lie well beyond the reach of our feeble intuition. His use of scripture, far outside the context of its plain meaning, ultimately served as nothing more than a pointed, “I’m a better Christian than you are” playground taunt. Overall, the article failed miserably and utterly in its purported goal of demonstrating how “creation bears testimony against theistic evolution.”
I’m an evangelical Christian who has only begun following this publication this year. The idea of an evangelical news magazine is fairly exciting to me, but your publication of this essay as “a lead story” has lost you a lot of credibility in my eyes (for what it’s worth). What’s up next? A positive argument for “how creation bears testimony against” the idea of a spherical earth and heliocentric solar system? A pro-slavery, pro-segregation polemic from a supporter of the Confederacy? Or perhaps even a call for a new Crusade into the Holy Land?
I’m a journalist myself, albeit on a much smaller scale. Nevertheless, I understand that it’s not always an easy game, especially in the opinion department. But still, this is simply unacceptable. Your readers deserve better.
Thanks for listening,
I also included a link to yesterday’s post so they could see my full response, but I wouldn’t expect you to do that. Letters to the editor may be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m not sure what, if anything, we should expect to come from this, but if nothing else, perhaps we can hope that the editors at World will think twice next time before publishing an opinion piece that disparages a worldview that has a growing number of adherents and both scientific evidence and scholarly support.
Update: A couple readers have posted copies of their own letters to World Magazine in the comment thread below. Feel free to do likewise!