Monday, July 23, 2007

Science and the Susanville Church of the Nazarene

There are certainly a number of conservative Christians who have argued that the truth of evolutionary theory has no adverse implications for the Christian belief system and as such, there is nothing really unique in blogging on these individuals. However, I ran across this article on Richard Colling, a professor at a university run by the Church of the Nazarene and someone who apparently defends evolution unabashedly. One telling tidbit:

"It pains me to suggest that my religious brothers are telling falsehoods" when they say evolutionary theory is "in crisis" and claim that there is widespread skepticism about it among scientists. "Such statements are blatantly untrue," he argues. "Evolution has stood the test of time and considerable scrutiny."

Of course this is contrary to what is preached by those in the Church of the Nazarene, although Colling (and others) are clearly trying to change that. What peaked my interest is that my own town of Susanville has a local Church of the Nazarene, which I believe to be a primary source of anti-science sentiment in the community. I am wondering how many of them have heard of Richard Colling?


Anonymous said...

Hello Christopher,
Are you interested in how Nazarene Higher Education responds to Colling's teaching and writing? It is not pretty.

Christopher O'Brien said...

Yes, I'd like to see that...where can I find it?

Anonymous said...

Send me an email at

PS: Sorry it took me so long to respond. I did not check back after I left the comment.