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This letter is in response to three recent editorial pieces on Darwinism and Creationism. Full Story

Clifton Park, NY

#1 Apr 13, 2010
I agree.

“Nihil curo de ista tua stulta ”

Since: May 08


#2 Apr 13, 2010
From the original letter:
"This letter is in response to three recent editorial pieces on Darwinism and Creationism.
Creationism, also known as Intelligent Design, is not a scientific theory. There is nothing scientific or factual about intelligent design. It is a Christian fundamentalist, biblical-faith-based view that rests solely on a subjective inference of design.
Their supporting scientific evidence consists of the Bible and a diorama exhibit of Noahís Ark, at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., depicting their 6,000-year-old Earth view with humans and dinosaurs living side by side.
Evolution theory, on the other hand, is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence, data and facts -- from fossils, to brain development, to genetic/DNA evidence within the genomes, etc.
"Thousands of peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts extending, testing and refining evolutionary theory are published each and every year, but there arenít any calling the basic premise of the theory into question," wrote Michael Zimmerman for the Huffington Post on April 10.
Unlike the story of creation, evolution, as a scientific theory, "can be falsified by particular findings, such as a hominid skeleton dated to the Jurassic Era,"( "The Accidental Mind," by David J. Linden, Page 237) or a dinosaur skeleton 6,000 years old (i.e., evidence that humans and dinosaurs lived together). Such a finding would also serve to justify Creationism. Obviously, none exist, or have yet to be discovered.
Even the Vatican has weighed in on this, stating "that the scientific consensus model of evolution is valid but that it explains only the biological part of humanity, not the spiritual mystery."
In his address to the Pontifical Academy of Science, Oct. 23, 1996, Pope John Paul II said: "A theory is a meta-scientific elaboration distinct from the results of observation but consistent with them. By means of it, a series of independent data and facts can be related and interpreted in a unified explanation. A theoryís validity depends on whether or not it can be falsified. It is continually tested against the facts; wherever it can no longer explain the latter, it shows its limitations and unsuitability. It must then be rethought."

“Nihil curo de ista tua stulta ”

Since: May 08


#3 Apr 13, 2010
Evolution theory does not strike at the heart of faith or belief in God. And, unlike creationism, it does not demand one choose between faith/religion and reason/science. It does however strike at the heart of fundamentalist belief in the literal interpretation of the Bible as the word of God.
Let us not forget the condemnation of Galileo in 1610 by the Catholic Church, for defending the Copernican observation that the Earth revolves around the sun. The Inquisition called this "false and contrary to scripture." The brilliant "father of science" spent the rest of his life under house arrest. But that was then, and this is now.
I respect Christian Fundamentalistsí freedom to believe as they choose. However, the leaderís within the fundamentalist churches, the Discovery Institute and Christian Reconstructionism strategy is to position creationism as a scientific theory, equal to and competing with the scientific theory of evolution, to achieve a theological and political agenda. Their ultimate goal is for America to fulfill its destiny as a Christian nation, and that begins with teaching Christian dogma in our schools. By labeling Intelligent Design as scientific theory, seemingly separate from religion, they hope to evade any court ruling that would uphold and enforce the separation of church and state.
This challenge to science is not benign. It cannot be taken lightly or shrugged off. Their strategy is working.
Many politicians, including the White House under George W. Bush, have weighed in, in the name of fairness and academic freedom: "Both sides ought to be properly taught ä so people can understand what the debate is about." (George W. Bush, quoted in The Washington Post, Aug. 3, 2005.)
And, Christian conservatives have been working, hard and successfully, to build their presence on the boards of education to influence the content of school textbooks across the country, to include Creationism and revisionist history.
I read somewhere that a little bit of science may bring you away from God, but that a lot will bring you right back. I might add that no science leaves one with only fair, limited understanding and simplistic explanations.
There are few things more compelling and awe-inspiring than reading with understanding about the embryological development, anatomy and physiology of the human body and brain, and the evolutionary development that created it. It is enough to make one believe in a "Genome Organizing Device."
Peter D. May

Sutton Coldfield, UK

#4 Apr 13, 2010
who r these phscos that believe in inteligent design

“Nihil curo de ista tua stulta ”

Since: May 08


#5 Apr 13, 2010
FYI....to clarify: The above was NOT MY POST. I copy/pasted from the letter that inspired this thread, so we dont have to go back & forth.

Sutton Coldfield, UK

#6 Apr 13, 2010
i know
Pray to Zeus

Auburndale, FL

#7 Apr 14, 2010
There can be no real debate between evolution and creationism anymore than there can be a debate between a round and flat earth theory. One is based on facts, the other isn't.

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