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Back Page: spring 1992 LIVING.... defend the theory of evolution, but to give our fundamentalist readers some- thing to think about. As long as there is a living to be made at something, there will always be enterprising life forms that will exploit it. Is it possible that this fact of nature is at work in the religious affairs of men? One would have to deny the obvious to say that it isn't. We have seen too many Jim Bakkers and Jimmy Swaggarts exploiting the gullibility of people to deny that some preachers are preaching only because they have found it an easy way to make a good living. "Oh, but that is Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart," some will say. "My preacher would never do anything that dishonest." Well, don't be too sure of it. If the public suddenly stopped believing in Bible inerrancy, what would that do to the thousands of fundamentalist preachers in the land? It would put them all out of work, so don't tell me that they don't have a vested interest in the outcome of the inerrancy controversy. They have a lot of pressure on them to say that they believe in Bible inerrancy even if they don't. When I debate the inerrancy doctrine with fundamentalist preachers, I have no economic pressure at all on me. If one of them should prove beyond question, so that no rational person in the world could deny it, that the Bible is the verbally inspired, inerrant word of God, all I would do is ac- knowledge that I was wrong (which wouldn't be the first time I've admitted I was wrong), return home, go back to my job, and draw my salary as an English teacher. I would have to disband Skepticism, Inc., of course, but that would cause me no economic loss. It is a nonprofit organization with a decided emphasis on the nonprofit. On the other hand, if I should prove beyond questioon, so that no ration- al person in the world could deny it, that the Bible is not the verbally in- spired, inerrant word of God, what would that do to my opponents? They couldn't return to their jobs, because there would be no one for them to preach to, no one to put money into the collection baskets to keep their little empires going. Their livelihood would be gone with the public's loss of faith in Bible inerrancy. If you think that they don't know that, you must be very načve. ********************************* COMPUTER BULLETINS We have received several requests for permission to use TSR materials in computer bulletins. Anyone wishing to do this need not write for permission. Nothing in TSR is copyrighted, specifically because we want the information to be spread as much as possible. We are already receiving subscription requests from those who have seen our articles in computer bulletins. We will even copy all TSR materials to high density disks in either Word- star 6, WordPerfect 5.1, or ASCII format for anyone wishing to use them in computer bulletins. For all 1990-1991 articles, please include a blank, high density disk and $1 for return postage. *************************************** BACK ISSUES All nine back issues of The Skeptical Review are still available at $1 each ppd. Send orders to P. O. Box 617, Canton, IL 61520. 1 ******************************************* CHANGE OF ADDRESS To continue receiving The Skeptical Review, you must notify us of your new address when you move. Although you may file a change-of-address notice at the post office, bulk mail will not be forwarded. ******************************** FREE SUBSCRIPTION: A free one-year subscription to The Skeptical Review can be obtained by writing to P. O. Box 617, Canton, IL 61520-0617. 2


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