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May 29, 2013

FUNDAMENTALIST LOSES CHRISTIAN FAITH WHILE WRITING BOOK ON EVOLUTION

Filed under: Author,Features — duncan @ 1:26 am

For Immediate Release

Contact: Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723

Fundamentalist Loses Christian Faith While Writing Book on Evolution

“Evolving out of Eden” Refutes All Attempts to Reconcile “Theistic Evolution” with Science

VALLEY, Wash. (05/29/13) — A new book by two ex-Christians argues that Christian theology and evolutionary science cannot be reconciled, no matter how sincere the attempt.

Evolving out of Eden by Robert M. Price and Edwin A. Suominen “Evolving out of Eden: Christian Responses to Evolution” (Tellectual Press, March 2013) is co-authored by biblical scholar Robert M. Price and Edwin A. Suominen.

“When we first started on this book, I was a struggling Christian,” Suominen said. “I had accepted the reality of evolution, but could not see a way to resolve the conflict between science and my inherited faith. And now that the last page is written, I know that there isn’t one.”

The book began as a collaboration between Robert M. Price, a biblical scholar and atheist, and Suominen, who was a believing Christian at the start. Both accepted the reality of evolution, and agreed to research its theological implications and the various ways that Christian writers have tried to smooth over the conflict between science and faith.

“There are a lot of books and web sites that try to reassure the faithful that they can safely disregard or reinterpret scientific findings,” Suominen said. “But it just doesn’t work. Genetics is real, and Genesis isn’t. It pained me to finally acknowledge this, but there is no deliberate design of humans or any other forms of life.”

While the authors themselves no longer consider themselves religious, they are not anti-religious and both hold a great deal of respect and affection for religion, Christianity, the Bible and Christian theology.

“After 40 years in fundamentalist Christianity, I’m not ready to call myself an atheist,” Suominen said. “But after co-authoring this book, I can’t see where there’s any room for a god.”

“Evolving out of Eden” begins by providing a crash course in evolutionary theory, as understood and explained by leading scientists in the field. Next, the book delves into the vast history of biblical creation stories and explains how they came to be and what they meant to their writers. The authors, Price and Suominen, explain how Christians through the centuries have interpreted and re-interpreted these stories in order to make them fit with an ever-expanding scientific knowledge. Religion originally provided the explanations, they note, but now it is what requires so much explaining. And they illustrate how these attempts to combine science with Creationism have always failed.

“Evolving out of Eden” is available in paperback and Kindle editions at Amazon.com. It is also available in Nook. For information, visit: http://evolvingoutofeden.com

PRAISE FOR EVOLVING OUT OF EDEN

Tom Flynn, editor of Free Inquiry magazine, calls “Evolving out of Eden” an “unprecedented … joint effort by a theologian and a highly accomplished engineer, both former Christian believers,” to analyze and develop “the theology and the science behind more than a century of Christian responses to the challenge posed by Darwinian evolution.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Robert M. Price holds a PhD in systematic theology from Drew University (1981) and a PhD in New Testament from Drew (1993). He is the author of over a dozen books and his own New Testament translation. He occasionally attends Episcopalian services where he sings, enjoys the stained glass, and keeps his mouth shut.

Edwin Suominen holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington (1995), where his senior project wound up being the subject of fourteen U.S. patents, among several others he holds. He has retired from practice as a registered patent agent to write books rather than patents. Before writing this book, he devoted a year of personal study about evolutionary science and its intersection with theology.

PUBLICITY IMAGES

For high resolution images of the book cover and author photos, visit: http://DuncanCrary.com/clients/evolvingoutofeden

REVIEW COPIES

To request an interview with the authors or a review copy of “Evolving out of Eden” in paperback or ebook format, contact: Duncan Crary at 518-274-2723 or DCC@DuncanCrary.com

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May 20, 2013

JEFF BUELL TACKLES BLIGHTED DOWNTOWN TROY BUILDING

Filed under: Business,Features,News,Troy NY — duncan @ 1:13 am

For Immediate Release

Contact: Contact: Jeff Buell 518-944-8674, jeffbuell@yahoo.com

Jeff Buell Tackles Blighted Downtown Troy Building

Long-vacant 9 First St. to become lofts and retail as “The Bindery”

TROY, N.Y. (05/20/13) — Another large dilapidated building in downtown Troy will be undergoing rehabilitation this summer.

Wm. Young Bookseller - 9 First St Troy, NYOn May 10, Troy natives Jeff Buell, 33, and Chris Colwell, 29, were approved to purchase and rehab 9 First Street for $10,000 from the Troy Local Development Corporation.

The four-story, 8,100 square-foot brownstone and iron front building is located immediately adjacent to the Rice Building. It has been vacant since 1996.

“Troy is growing organically,” said Buell, a former United Group of Companies executive. “Big development and new construction are refilling the gaps in our city blocks, while independent entrepreneurs are giving everything they’ve got to rehab our historic buildings. That’s what gives the place its unique heart that we all love — personal blood, sweat and tears. I want to build a development company constantly in search of being amazing. This is a great jumping off point.”

The building at 9 First Street is currently under the stewardship of Troy Local Development Corporation (TLDC), a community improvement nonprofit that provides financial assistance for construction, acquisition and rehabilitation projects in the city.

In the next couple of weeks, Buell and Colwell will finalize their development agreement with TLDC. Once all terms are accepted, the partners will enter a two-year development agreement.

“This is another great example of saving our history while developing a fresh and unique future,” said Mayor Lou Rosamilia. “The energy we have in our area and the motivation to develop right here in Troy is something I couldn’t be happier about. Troy is something to celebrate and more and more people are reminded of that when they realize projects like this are going on.”

Buell and his newly formed GSD Contracting are looking to raise $500,000 from investors to rehabilitate the building into street-level retail/restaurant space and single-floor 1,800 square-foot lofts. The building will be called “The Bindery,” in honor of its original use as a bookbindery and store owned by William H. Young.

The team will begin clean out and gut rehabilitation in the next month. The building is structurally sound, though the staircases and upper floors need to be rebuilt.

GSD has been working with Vic Christopher and Heather LaVine on the rehabilitation of “The Clark House,” one block over at 207 Broadway in Troy.

STEMMING THE BRAIN DRAIN

“So many talented college students leave this city in search of jobs — the ‘brain drain’,” said Colwell, a recent MBA graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “I think they should stay here and be the ones creating jobs themselves. That’s what we went to school here to learn to do, and that’s what we’re doing with The Bindery.”

PUBLICITY PHOTOS

For a history of the building by Don Rittner, information and photographs of 9 First Street and of Buell and Colwell, visit: http://9FirstStreet.com

For information about the Troy Local Development Corporation, visit:

http://troyny.gov/Departments/EconomicDevelopment/TroyTLDC.aspx

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