Printed letters, Jan. 21, 2010

Science and religion

are not disconnected

Recent letter writers stress the importance of teaching evolution and decry the possibility of “old myths” undermining scientific research. Evolution is proclaimed as scientific fact and we’re encouraged to adjust our religious beliefs to fit science. The apparent disconnect between science and religion stems from a misunderstanding of both evolution and faith.

There are two kinds of evolution. Micro-evolution is change within species. There is overwhelming evidence for this and the Bible affirms it. Macro-evolution is change that results in new species, which the Bible denies.

There are also two kinds of faith. Biblical faith is based on observable, material evidence, which proves the existence of something that has not been observed. Blind faith is based on strong feelings and often requires that material evidence be ignored.

Yes, some Christians think it’s impossible to prove the existence of God, believing he can only be known by (blind) faith. But the Bible clearly states that the existence of God is obvious through what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

We have two possibilities about how everything was created. Something has always existed, or nothing somehow became something. Evidence, science and logic point to the former.

In the August 1954 “Scientific American,” evolutionist George Wald stated, “When it comes to the origin of life, we have only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility.”

Either life has always existed, or the components of life existed and they somehow eventually became alive. Evidence, science and logic lead to scientifically proven biogenesis and so far away from spontaneous generation that some of the world’s most prominent scientists have concluded that life on Earth must have had an extraterrestrial origin. And here, science and religion reconnect.


Doubting evolution means blindness to life structure

Letter writers Harlan Larsen perpetuates the creationists’ myth that “there is no known transitional series of fossils from one kind to another.” If he is looking for a “missing link,” he, indeed, is not going to find any. That shibboleth has long been discredited, since evolution is a gradual process.

I recommend to Mr. Larsen and other evo-skeptics two recent books detailing the overwhelming evidence for evolution (of which the fossil record is only a part): “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins and “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry Coyne.

Dr. Guliuzza, whom Mr. Larsen quotes as an expert, is a staff member at the Institute for Creation Research, which maintains that men and dinosaurs roamed the Earth together a few thousand years ago. So much for his scientific acuity.

Mr. Larsen ends his letter with a biblical quote. I suggest three others that are really admonitions to those who refuse to acknowledge the obvious: Isaiah 9,10: “You may listen and listen, but you will not understand. You may look and look again, but you will never know.”  Matthew 13,13: “… for they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.” Jeremiah 5,21: “Listen you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes and see nothing, ears and hear nothing.”

Verily, until the doubters and naysayers make the effort to inform themselves on the facts of evolution, they will be forever wandering in the wilderness of ignorance and blind to the underlying magnificent structure of life on this Earth.



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