This is your lucky day, dear reader. Today we bring you not just one but two — two! — letters-to-the-editor appearing in The Oklahoman of Oklahoma City. We’ll give you a few choice excerpts from each letter, and we’ll omit the writers’ names and location. Here we go, with a bit of bold font added for emphasis:
The first letter is Either what the Bible says is true or it’s a lie. The title reveals the letter-writer’s fine grasp of “critical thinking” that creationists are forever claiming they want students to acquire. Here we go:
The Rev. Deborah Meinke (Your Views, Feb. 26) wrote that intelligent design theory is “a thinly disguised representation of creationism, which has been discredited many times by evolutionary science” and that her God “works through the evolutionary process.”
Here’s a link to that earlier letter: Intelligent design theory has no place in curriculum. It’s pretty good. That is precisely why it aroused today’s letter-writer, who goes on to say:
Either the Bible is true or it’s a lie. Genesis says God created (called into existence, out of nothing) man in His own image. If you can’t believe that God created man out of nothing, you probably don’t believe many other events in the Bible are factual.
He’s got a point. Similarly, either The Iliad is true or it’s a lie. The same goes for Gone with the Wind. Those books are either all true — every little word — or else they contain nothing of value. That’s critical thinking at its best.
There’s one more paragraph to that letter, but you can read it for yourself at The Oklahoman. Now let’s turn to the second latter in today’s issue of that newspaper. It’s titled Why restrict science teaching to one side of issue? Here it comes:
In response to the Rev. Deborah Meinke (Your Views, Feb. 26): Education isn’t about some authority deciding what is or what is not truth. Education is about presenting all sides of an issue and allowing students to think critically about the issue and decide what they believe.
This letter-writer is another example of the benefits of “critical thinking.” Let’s read on:
As a college student with minimum firsthand knowledge of the Bible, I sat in a science class and listened to the Big Bang Theory. In order to pass the course, I regurgitated this theory back to the instructor and got the needed credit for the class. It didn’t hurt me, but it also didn’t make sense to me. I observed my own respiratory and circulatory systems and decided Big Bang could explain neither of those magnificent systems.
That was only the first paragraph of the letter. You can visit The Oklahoman to read the rest of it. In conclusion, we offer a line from Oscar Hammerstein’s show-tune: “You’re doing fine Oklahoma, Oklahoma OK.”
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