UCG publishes creation-evolution books
By Scott Ashley
ARVADA, Colo.--The United Church of God has expanded its publishing reach in recent months with the completion of two new booklets on the creation-evolution controversy. The two 32-page color magazine-format booklets are titled Life's Ultimate Question: Does God Exist? and Creation or Evolution: Does It Really Matter What You Believe?
Twenty thousand copies of each of the two booklets were distributed to UCG-AIA members and other readers as an insert in The Good News magazine, and 11,000 additional copies were printed to be mailed separately to those who request the booklets later. The booklets will be offered to U.S. Good News readers in a subscriber letter in June.
With the publication of these two booklets, in its five-year history United has printed or reprinted 879,000 copies of its 20 English-language booklets, many of which have also been published in other languages.
The first of the two, Life's Ultimate Question: Does God Exist?, was written primarily by longtime Church of God writer John Ross Schroeder of Watford, England, and longtime pastor Bill Bradford of Livermore, Calif.
The second, Creation or Evolution: Does It Really Matter What You Believe?, was written primarily by Mario Seiglie, pastor in Santiago, Chile.
Both contain summaries and quotes from recent scientific research and findings that point to the existence of the Creator and contradict traditional evolutionary theory.
In recent months the church also has published another booklet written by Mr. Seiglie, Are We Living in the Time of the End? This, too, is in a color-magazine format.
In other developments, the print run of The Good News grew to 277,000 with the May-June issue, a 44 percent increase over the 193,000 copies printed a year ago. In May the church also printed 155,000 copies of a special edition of The Good News for new subscribers, gift-copy recipients, business waiting rooms and a sample-copy direct-mail program.
Since the beginning of the year the church also has published 35,000 copies of each of the first five lessons of its 12-lesson Bible-study course. Some 17,000 nonUCG-AIA members have signed up for and are receiving the course.
The church is also adding an average of two to five donors (people who contribute monetarily to the church for the first time) each day.
The booklets mentioned in this article and The Good News are free to anyone who requests them. Contact the United Church of God at Box 541027, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45254, U.S.A., or download copies at www.gnmagazine.org.
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