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Opinion

May 20, 2013

Mention God in school? You'd better not

I’ve had many spirited conversations over this highly controversial topic with people who are on both sides of the fence, education vs. creationism.

I’ve read Bill Chatigny’s article in this newspaper entitled “Violence, evolution, science and religion” (April 25). He makes a few references that I find plausible, but the one I cannot concur with is his statement that “knowledge of science has increased 10-fold while religion has immature beliefs that are stuck in the Dark Ages.” This is simply not true, at least regarding religion.

Most of the world marks time as either “B.C. or Anno Domini,” before or after the birth of Jesus Christ, so something spectacular had to have happened back then to invoke such a world-wide revelation. So I would not exactly call religion immature or stuck in the Dark Ages. I’m here to report that it is alive and well today.

I will tell you that I was raised in a creationist environment, having a father and mother who met while playing in the Salvation Army band many years ago and raised nine sibling musicians that also either sang or played in various bands as well, so I am no stranger to music ministry.

My dad was an accomplished, self-taught organist, while mastering many brass and stringed instruments. He passed down some of his interests to me, so I bought a home organ when I was in my 20s and, like him, taught myself to play.

I’ve always grown up hearing the phrase that God works in mysterious ways, so when the organist, Sybil Knowland, retired after more than 50 years of service at the Baptist Church, I gave it my best to fill those small, but enormously talented, shoes as the resident organist.

These days I find myself still very involved with music ministry at Hope Community Church of Newburyport by singing in the choir as well as playing the keyboards for their praise band.

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