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Jeremy and Maria's fight against the theory of evolution moves to the university level.
Maria Masterson and Jeremy Dillon are innocent kids whose world is altered drastically. Their decision to engage the culture they live in and battle for truth in the debate concerning the creation of the Universe and mankind leads them into conflicts in which their adversaries do not always fight by Queensberry rules. A reminder that Christians are to overcome evil with good halts them in their tracks in an attempt to fight back with similar methods. Their only weapon is the Sword of the Spirit of Truth. Their dexterity in the use of this weapon increases as the two are pulled into a battle that they can't win in their own power. This novel could serve as a primer on how to stand tall in a world that wants any person of faith in their Creator to lay low. This book presents intellectual and moral handholds and toeholds for those not afraid to do some spiritual rock climbing.
Paul leaned over, his mouth taking aim for Lisa's as her eyes closed in preparation. Suddenly the phone trumpeted an incoming call. Startled and red-faced, the couple slid away from each other on the couch.
"I'll get it!" Jeremy yelled as he bounced down the stairs. "Dillon residence, Jeremy speaking."
"Did you hear the one about the creationist who was brilliant?" a male voice asked.
"No. Who –"
"Neither have I." A maniacal laugh raised the hair on Jeremy's arms as well as the reading on his anger meter.
"Who is this?"
"It doesn't matter who I am. What matters is what you are, a menace to society."
"Excuse me? You call people up and give them grief, and that makes me a menace to society?"
"Don't try to point the finger at me, creep. You're one of those morons who are helping prolong the myth of God. Did you know that most of the violence in the world is caused by religion? Christianity has had its day in the sun. Those days are numbered though, and the sun is about to set."
"Sorry to disagree with you. I think the son is just about to rise – again."
"Were you aware that there are about four million college graduates every year? A large percentage of them are coming out of schools where evolution is considered a basic fact of life, and they're learning the lesson well. The number of educated people believing in fairy tales is growing smaller year by year. At the current pace, Christians should be just a lunatic fringe group by the year 2025. That's assuming that natural selection hasn't already put them in the same category as the dodo bird, the same way the pundits did long ago."
Jeremy blew out a big breath. "I'll tell you what. Why don't you call me back in a hundred and twenty years, and we'll see who is right? Oh, I'm sorry, if you're right, we won't be able to talk because we'll be dust in the wind. And if I'm right, I'm afraid you're going to be toast."
"Those threats of hell don't scare me."
"Actually, I don't think those were threats that Jesus made. More like promises. Tell me, if you say you don't believe in the IRS, are you immune from paying the piper when they knock on your door and complain about your failure to pay taxes?"
"Listen, you little turd, if brains were dynamite you wouldn't have enough to blow the fuzz off a peach."
Jeremy blinked. "Wanna play that game, huh? I heard when God was handing out brains, evolutionists thought he said 'trains' and they said, 'no thanks, we'll take the bus.' Another version says that God gave evolutionists a choice between common sense and common ancestry with the animal kingdom. We all know which one they took."
The caller let loose with a profane name.
"Now, you've told me your name. What was your question?"
More profanity flew across the wire.
"I'd really like to stand here all day and listen to your insults," Jeremy said, "but I have places to go and people to meet, so I'll let you go. Have a nice day!"
Jeremy hung up the phone and had only taken two steps toward his father when the phone rang again. From the caller-ID they had recently installed, it was obvious the same caller was performing an encore. He turned to his father and Maria's mother, his dad's girlfriend. "Brace yourselves and plug your ears." Turning back to the desk where the phone sat, he inserted a pair of earplugs and set off an air horn. Calmly he picked up the phone and held it right next to the banshee from K-Mart. The telephonic intruder disconnected almost immediately, and Jeremy cut the power to his ear-killing noisemaker.
He walked over to the couch where the couple had just uncovered their ears. "Dad, I think it's time we get an unlisted number."
Jeremy and Maria are young lovers intertwined in the arms of fate. Recent high school graduates, they soon marry and start a new life together at the University of Nebraska, where Maria is a rising track star and Jeremy has a promising future as a member of the baseball team. Making the adjustment to life in the college environment is tough enough for most students, but it's exponentially harder for Jeremy and Maria, given the entrenched mores and folkways that they soon find themselves infringing upon...
Staunch proponents of the concept of Intelligent Design, the newlyweds eventually set themselves directly at odds with the preponderance of campus believers who embrace the Darwinian theory of evolution. Their nemeses are not just relegated to random classmates either, but also extend to high-powered members of the faculty and staff - and even the surrounding social order. Undaunted by the increased opposition that they face, Jeremy and Maria remain steadfast in their determination to shed light on the various inconsistencies scattered throughout their opponents' arguments, as well as the latent anti-Christian hostility into which society overall has seemingly slipped...
All the growing tension sets the stage for a series of nasty battles sure to crush the spirits of the easily intimidated - but Jeremy and Maria are not so easily swayed, and the underestimation of their will and fervor soon proves hazardous to those who seek to silence them...
All The Fury Of The Wind takes the reader on a well-balanced, informative trek through the contemporary battle between Creationists & Evolutionists. Donald James Parker does a commendable job of presenting both sides of the ongoing argument in cogent fashion, providing enough detailed information to allow one to reach his or her own intelligent conclusion about the matter at hand. Though Parker is a personally a staunch Christian in clear support of Intelligent Design, his unbiased approach in relating the complexities of the issue is quite edifying, and his powerful insights, as well as his skillful use of humor and gravitas, make for a supremely compelling story.
There are many who would complain that the age of religious tolerance has long overextended its stay, and such individuals would be among the first to shun such a seemingly controversial work as All The Fury Of The Wind - but in doing so, those parties - ironically - would deprive themselves of a golden opportunity to gain greater understanding into just why such tolerance is more essential now than ever.
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