October 1982 · Vol. 11 No. 4 · p. 2 

In This Issue: Science and Religion

Allen R. Guenther

This issue enters the current debate on the relationship between The Bible and science. More particularly, it treats the question of origins, with creationism and evolution as the protagonists.

In the lead article Randall Basinger explores how a Christian handles conflicts of fact and interpretation. Western society accepts science as the primary source of knowledge and understanding of our world. When that runs counter to a reading of the Biblical text something must give. Shall it be one’s faith, or scientific theories, or does one make an accommodation?

Harold Dyck explores some of the alternative ways of reading Genesis 1,2 which attempt to resolve or at least reduce the conflict between evolution and creation. Gaylen Neufeld, writing from a scientist’s perspective, asks whether the evolution and creation positions are necessarily incompatible and under what conditions one could hold to both with integrity and consistency.

A practical consequence of this current debate is whether Creationism should be taught in public schools. A pastor (Kerwin Thiessen), a biologist (John Carlson), and a law student (Gerald Ediger) take positions in response to this forum question.

All of these writers are making their debut with Direction and we welcome their contributions and hereby signal our intention of involving a wider pool of writers in the issues being discussed in this journal.

Our appreciation goes to Randall Basinger who saw this issue through from its first spark of life to the copy editing stage.