UPDATE: I’ve received an apologetic post from Mr. Eastman, which he tried to post on the picture page, where nobody would see it. I’ve therefore put it here for the record:
Dear Jerry : I am very sorry I wrote on a blog without thinking in a reactive manner>
I did not want to enter into the fray in public and now it has happened. I honor and respect your work in evolution. I accept evolution and always have since grade school.
I have after my unfortunate entry into this matter read a book by a Biblical scholar recommended by Francis S Collins that states there is nothing scientific in Genesis and one should not attempt to state so. It is ancient literature and not science. After reconsideration I retract the published comment and ask you to take it down and accept my apology and understand that I am struggling to personally come to terms with this issue and am in this matter just a human being living on planet earth like you/ but have no academic expertise in science and only an MA in Biblical studies from a Catholic University and an MA in Spanish from a state university/I am a humble instructor getting back in a few minutes to correcting INT Spanish exams
I am very sorry I questioned your Hebrew soul. It was wrong of me. I happen to like reading Biblical Hebrew, but it may not appeal to you. I happen to be repelled by the violent passages in the Hebrew Bible but am inspired by the Vision of Isaiah of a world of Justice and Peace ( Shalom). I feel closer to the viewpoint of John Haught than yours but don’t wish to disparage you as a human being. I would rather have an honest , ethical atheist on a town council than a raving fundamentalist…but most Americans are somewhere in the middle.. I lean Liberal Left in politics..I am sorry this matter is so polarizing now in our country and was hurt the way people lit into me for my comments/I wish to live in a scientifically enlightened country with good health care for ALL ..The soul (if it exists// and I believe it does) will never be found under a microscope.. I agree to disagree and wish to be civil. sir. we differ on religion,, I accept that you want to rid America of it..I don’t .. though I worry about cries for war in the name of G-d.( I believe in a G-d of Justice ,Peace and Love) I look to Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Martin Buber who favored a bi national state with civic equality for Jews and Arabs in Israel.. but that’s another question . Again I wish you well and may cooler heads and hearts prevail and please accept my most humble apology.
Best regards, Jeffrey Eastman
Needless to say, I am not taking down his initial published statement. I will, however, accept his apology and expect to hear no more creationist-tinged criticism from this instructor at Appalacian State University.
Excuse the quality of this video (I rarely take movies with my digital camera), but it does show a panorama of the Appalachians from near the top of Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. Shortly after I took this, the mists closed in and we couldn’t see anything. But the view of the verdant hills was stupendous.
This was taken on my trip to North Carolina to speak at Appalachian State.
And the pushback from my visit continues. There’s a letter from an ASU student at the High Country Press, and this comment on someone’s website from Jeffrey Eastman, a lecturer at that University. Sadly, none of my opponents, like this benighted gentlemen, had the courage to stand up and address me in person.
Yes, Mr. Eastman, don’t bother writing that letter; I doubt I’ll find my lost Hebrew soul.