Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fish Drawings Used to Express Beliefs Creationists, Darwinists Fight Symbolic War

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fish Drawings Used to Express Beliefs Creationists, Darwinists Fight Symbolic War

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* Stickers bearing a drawing of a fish, some with either Jesus' name or Darwin's name inside, are used in a battle of ideas.

AN AGE-OLD battle over the origin of man is being waged on a curious battlefield: car bumpers.

On one side are the die-hard believers that the Bible story of creation must be taken literally. They call themselves Creationists.

On the other side are the people, including many Christians, who believe in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. They call themselves Darwinists.

Members of both sides post small symbols on the rear bumpers of their cars in their fight of ideas.

The weapon wielded by the Creationists is the fish.

The weapon used by Darwinists is the Christian fish with feet and the name "Darwin" scrawled inside.

The Christian fish symbol normally comes in three designs: an outline of a fish, a fish with the name Jesus inside it or a fish with the Greek letters iota-chi-theta-upsilon-sigma inside it, spelling a word that looks in English something like IXOYE.

But Dee Loy, 33, a courier from St. Louis, has a newer version. "The symbol on my car is the fish eating the Darwin symbol," said Loy.

"It hurts to see the Darwin symbol and see that people are being misled," Loy said. "Darwin's dead, and he ain't coming back. Jesus died, and he rose. He is coming back.

"It was a slap in the face to Christianity for them to put Darwin i nside of the Christian symbol," she said.

What's worse, Loy says, is the prevalence of teen-agers who display the symbol because they think it is cool.

"They have no idea there is a controversy," she said.

Loy said people have picked fights with her because of her pro-creationist stance.

"Jesus told us to make disciples, and you do it anyway you can," she said.

"It's a ministry."

Janet Barton, 54, owner of the Living Word Bookstore, 6412 South Hampton Avenue, said she had sold about 200 of each of the Christian fish varieties over a year.

The fish symbol, according to Jeff Gibbs, associate professor of the New Testament at Concordia Seminary, goes back to the second century as a symbol for Christians.

"One of the early church fathers, Tertullian, was one of the first to mention it," Gibbs said. …

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