ACU student letter to be published in Dec. 6 issue of
U.S. World & News Report
For Immediate Release
Dec. 2, 1999
In an Abilene Christian University class to foster
opinion writing, Dr. Charlie Marler, professor of journalism
and mass communication, encouraged his students to analyze
their thoughts, form their opinions and take a firm stand
Barrett Koczkur, junior journalism major from Rochester
Hills, Mich., did just that - and the result will be a
letter by Koczkur published in the Dec. 6 issue of U.S.
World & News Report.
The letter is a response to a USWNR piece written
by Jeffery L. Sheler.
"I actually enjoyed Sheler's piece because it gave some
evidence toward the historical accuracy of Scripture,"
Koczkur said. "However, underlying that evidence seemed to
lurk the idea that the Bible is little more than a history
book. God's word is much more powerful, and I wanted to help
people see that."
In his letter, Koczkur stated:
Jeffery L. Sheler's piece, "Is the Bible True?" intrigued
me, but I resent how modern society continually questions
the historical accuracy of Scripture.
Just as Copernicus overturned the church-sanctioned view
of Earth as the center of the universe, so may science some
day overturn Darwinism. The word of God has survived attacks
for thousands of years; as far as I'm concerned, atheistic
Darwinism has barely been tested. Furthermore, the truth the
Bible offers does not rest on archeological discoveries.
Think of the impact the command, "Love your neighbor as
yourself," has had on the world. Do we really need science
to prove the validity of this book?
When sending his letter to USWNR, Koczkur said he
was confident editors would take notice.
"I learned a lot from Dr. Marler's Opinion Writing class
about how to write an effective piece," he said. "Also, I
felt I offered a unique viewpoint as a student at a
With action and result fresh on his mind, Koczkur said he
has learned more people will listen to his opinion than he
"Words are powerful," he said. "There's no telling what
kind of impact a simple letter can have on people. That's
why we need to express our viewpoints openly."
Koczkur said this experience has taught him the ability
to express one's opinion is a critical characteristic for a
Christian in the modern world.
"This proves that Christians can make their voices heard
in this ever-changing world," he said. "Now there is no
excuse to sit and watch passively."
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