|email - November 2009|
We hate to brag, but we will make an exception just this once!
We donít print most of the email we receive because we only print email we think would be interesting to you.
The emails we receive fall into three general categories. The first kind, the kind we tend to print, comes from people who ask technical questions that they honestly want answered. If we think the question is of enough general interest, especially if it relates to something in the news, then we print it.
The second kind of email is profanity-laced hate mail. We occasionally print samples of these to give examples of evolutionists who accept evolution for purely emotional reasons, and are unable to offer any rational explanation for their beliefs. Pauletteís email in the last newsletter is an example.
We also get fan mail, but we hardly ever print it. Itís kind of embarrassing to print it because it sounds like we are bragging. Besides, our brilliance is so apparent, we donít need to print testimonials from other people to convince you of it!
But this month we did get some fan mail that is more than just gushing praise. Brianís email includes some insight into our last feature article. That is what makes his embarrassingly flattering email worth sharing with you.
You know I love what you write.† I don't think you're right about quoting you, though.
There are different goals for different people when quoting.† If you want to keep the rigorous standard of solid, undisputed truth in nearly everything you say, and you want to stay current on everything that is germane to your topic so that you don't look stupid when someone calls you out on facts, then I agree with you.† You should go to the source; you should check out everything to see if it is actually true or not.† I believe many people who read your newsletter do, in part, because you seem to hold yourself to a higher standard of truth.† You want to know why someone says a thing almost as much as you want to know the thing they have to say.† It certainly helps in discerning truth.† This is not my dispute.
My problem is that you don't give yourself enough credit.† You seem to think that people only go to you for the information you have to share.† You have a wit!† You have clarity!† You put things into a perspective that we just don't get anywhere else.† People trust you!† I know I do.† I didn't just trust you because you were saying things I wanted to hear.† It was that you interpreted the facts in a way that I would have.† After reading every newsletter you have posted, you bet I would take your word on it before that of some scientist.† I believe this is the essence of faith.† It's not a blind leap, but an educated ballot casting.† (I just started reading Dallas Willard's new book, "Knowing Christ Today," where he says this about faith.† You can trust me, or you can buy the 5 book and spend the energy to read the introduction to find out that statement is true.)
It's true that not everyone has my opinion about you.† You may be nothing to them.† That doesn't make your statements any less valid, though.† Your words may not have the weight of the "foremost expert" for many, but that only matters for those who have a high standard for truth.† Most people don't have a high standard.† In fact, some people do no research at all when making a decision on whether to believe a thing or not.† The other week, I told someone that there are genealogies from Noah through Japheth's line to the Anglo-Saxon kings.† He didn't believe me.† It wasn't because he had any reason to doubt me.† He didn't think it sounded plausible.† So I gave him a book reference, and next time, he won't question me quite as readily.† He will have developed a little faith in me.
I am going to use your newsletter from last month as a topic for my meeting this month.† (I decided this last month.)† It's not because you are the foremost expert.† It's not because you have any kind of special knowledge.† It's because you're right, and I liked the way you said it.† Your logic is sound, and it will help to teach the group how to think.† Those things aren't found in the boring scientific papers.† They are in your work!† I want you to know that you have something that not a lot of people have, and you are worth quoting.† If the people who read my quotes of you know how to think, they will be able to discern what is from you and what is fact.† I hope that I can discern whether they are able before I send the stuff off, and prepare them for the quotes if they're not quite as discerning.† If I write a book, which I'm hoping to do, I will likely quote you.† I'm not expecting the book to reach out to those with the highest standard for truth.† I want to communicate to the average guy.† Most people see speculations on the History channel and believe it.† There is a place for trust in life, even if it has its weaknesses.
I just wanted you to know that you are good at what you do, and I am going to continue to quote you, even if you don't think I should.
I am a scientist, and I do have a high standard of truth! But I know what he means.
At the risk of going overboard, hereís what Pete wrote on the bottom of his membership application:
I heartily enjoy your website. None too snarky or condescending, yet with conviction and clarity of purpose, you poke holes in the evolutionary mindset effectively, arguing science in usually thoughtful, entertaining (and occasionally amusing) ways. Keep up the good work, and may God continue to bless your efforts.
Thanks to all of you who write such encouraging letters. We really appreciate them, even if we donít often print them.
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