Prior to the start of the school year, a parent very wisely asked me to write an article which essentially responds to the following question – “How can a Christian effectively respond to ‘Walking with Dinosaurs: The Life Experience,’ a traveling stage show which depicts dinosaurs as they lived prior to extinction?”
The “Walking with Dinosaurs” production is described by the producers as a “dazzling arena spectacle of unprecedented size and quality,” and it is scheduled in Des Moines for October 1-5 at the Iowa Events Center.
What’s the rub?! Why any controversy?! Dinosaurs are cool! Dinosaurs fascinate people, particularly schoolchildren. “There’s no harm in studying dinosaurs,” you might say.
Don’t be so sure. In a sense, you are exactly right. The archeological record obviously …
What is Suffering?
The most traumatic place I’ve yet visited on this Earth is Auschwitz-Birkenau. I was there with some friends in 2005.
I know I’ve talked about it before. The awful things that were done to people during that war. The humiliation. The beatings. The dreadful murders of so many people. The intense fear and pain of those who watched others die so horribly.
People who were drowned, crippled, killed, or otherwise experienced devastation from the 2005 southern US hurricanes and the 2004 tsunami in the Pacific. Many people left with nothing after the floods and other weather disasters in 2008.
Those who died and those who watched the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001.
People who have endured starvation, lacking …
|Dr. Bob Stouffer is Superintendent of Des Moines Christian School in Urbandale, Iowa, and the newest addition to The Conservative Reader’s Editorial Team.
On Monday, April 14, 2008, I was privileged to join a large theater audience in Des Moines for a special viewing of Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, a documentary by Ben Stein which will premier throughout the city, starting at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18.
Security on Monday night was tight. We were expected to show a photo ID. A man waved a wand cautiously over each individual to insure that no recording instruments would result in pirating of the film. Women could not bring their purses into the theater.
The audience was privileged to hear from Dr. Guillermo …