In 2001 the General Conference Mennonite Church (GC) and the Mennonite Church (MC) accepted a common set of membership guidelines and a plan to merge into a single denomination. This union of two historic Anabaptist denominations of North America gave birth to the Mennonite Church USA. While the vote counts for the merger exceeded the expectations of the Executive Board (Trollinger 9), the road to unification had been fraught with many years of tense debate over the divisive issue of homosexuality.
In 1859 Charles Darwin published the first edition of his seminal work Origin of the Species, in which he presented his theory of evolution. According to Darwin’s hypothesis, many organisms on our planet originated from other living things that have incorporated modifications over successive generations (Evolution). In response to Darwinian evolution, Creationists presented an alternative theory, asserting that matter, the world and all life were created by God ex nihilo (from nothing). Creationism today breaks into two primary strains: Biblical Creationism, which invests the six-day creation story of Genesis with historicity, and Scientific Creationism, which attributes the role of creator to God but is less concerned with a literal six days of creation. Both schools of creation thought eschew the notion that human beings may have evolved from lower animal forms. (Creationism)
For centuries Christians have used the designations "Old Testament" and "New Testament" to organize works that they have included in the Bible. Until recently these titles have been accepted within the Christian context without question. But is there a need to examine our presuppositions?
In 1973 Dr. Phyllis Trible delivered a lecture at