Lauri Lebo told me the Dover trial tore neighbor from neighbor. She said in her book that people stopped talking to each other in the grocery store because of the trial, which got national attention and notice from cultural entities like Saturday Night Live.
Sidenote: Has anyone ever researched why British evangelicalism seems today so less stressed about Darwin compared to the Americans?
Anyway, tonight Trump re-stokes the fires of polarization in Orlando as he threatens to deport “millions” of immigrants—his words.
The majority of my students who took my “science and religion in American life” classes this year were Latino. And likely nominal Catholic or nonreligious Gen Zs.
As a minority male myself who interviewed a ton of white creationists, I have always wondered why minority evangelicals don’t seem to care to participate in the national controversy over evolution. And but for a few atheists, I cannot find any women of any position either.
There is something about the culture—I don’t think the race—of white evangelical Protestants that it seems to me has always had a natural antipathy to the Enlightenment period as far as scientific innovations that to them pushed God out of nature.
I tell my students, “Science was born in European Enlightenment, and creationism in American Protestantism.”
I don’t know if you agree with that and I look forward to your responses.
Someone in campus ministry told me to meet pastors and seminary professors with a clear statement of what I am shooting for—an improvement of a national controversy on a small neighborhood scale, with help from a coalition of the interested----by starting with Lebo’s story of what happened in the neighborhood of Dover on the ground.
So that is what I am about to try. One office hour at a time. I am following your advice to be up front quickly about what I am seeking. I think perhaps if done on a small scale close to a college or university all the churches hope to impact, we can unify our interests.
I look forward to your continued feedback.