|To the Editor: Science and Christianity are not enemies|
|Written by Rick Broughton|
|Friday, 14 March 2014 11:40|
I read with interest letters from Dr. Feeman and Mr. Jones on the March 5th opinion page. Each of them seems to have a basic misunderstanding. It appears they believe that science and Christianity are enemies. That is not the case. There are many outstanding scientists from the past and many today that are Christians. Science has helped us understand much of nature and has benefitted mankind in innumerable ways. It is not at all inconsistent that Christians would be involved in scientific endeavors or utilize the incredible information that science has provided.
The trouble regarding evolution is that there is much that must be accepted on faith. For example, microbiologist Michael Denton, an atheist, has observed, "The complexity of the simplest known type of cell is so great that it is impossible to accept that such an object could have been thrown together suddenly by some kind of freakish, vastly improbable event. Such an occurrence would be indistinguishable from a miracle."
Dr. Feeman states "that there is a collection of genes that is identical from the most primitive to the most advanced forms of life - the odds are impossibly high that this could be a coincidence." I agree. It is more than highly unlikely that the random chance that forms the basis of evolution could account for such design. It's not unreasonable to conclude that the evidence points not to a coincidence but rather to a designer.
What is interesting is that the foundation of evolution is based on a mathematical impossibility. The odds of life arising from non-life have been calculated as virtually impossible.
Mr. Jones states that "scientists would immediately consider alternatives to evolution should new evidence be forthcoming." Unfortunately that is a disingenuous statement. When the evidence points to a creator, it is immediately dismissed. Evolutionists rule out intelligent causes before they even look at the evidence. They refuse to even consider other options. They have defined science in such a way that the only possible answer is evolution. Any other definition would allow God to get his foot in the door.
This is in no way an exhaustive list of the problems inherent in the theory of evolution. It would be good if Dr. Feeman, Mr. Jones and other evolutionists would at least be willing to acknowledge the serious questions surrounding the theory. Intellectual honesty should demand it.
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