We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Because we don’t like to embarrass people (unless they’re politicians or otherwise in the public eye), we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
The National Academy of Science makes this statement: Scientists and theologians have written eloquently about their awe and wonder at the history of the universe and of life on this planet, explaining that they see no conflict between their faith in God and the evidence for evolution.
That’s true — somewhat true. You can find it here: Compatibility of Science and Religion. But there’s a bit more to it. The NAS also says: “Acceptance of the evidence for evolution can be compatible with religious faith [emphasis supplied]. … Religious denominations that do not accept the occurrence of evolution tend to be those that believe in strictly literal interpretations of religious texts.” Let’s return to today’s letter:
Einstein, Galileo and Newton all believed in God — or a “Great Designer” — but disputed whether God was involved in our personal lives.
Galileo, probably. Newton, definitely. But Einstein wasn’t a believer. Wikipedia has an article on it: Religious views of Albert Einstein. Let’s read on:
Even Darwin invited — and even encouraged — discussion on evolution vs creationism.
Really? It’s amazing what one can learn in the newspaper. The letter-writer continues:
The great men who framed our Constitution professed in the absolute assurance of a Creator, and we still believe that strongly enough to put the words “In God We Trust” on our currency. It doesn’t say “In Science We Trust.”
Lordy, lordy. According to Wikipedia, that motto was adopted in 1956 — a few years after the Constitution was drafted. It first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864, and on paper currency starting in 1957. Regardless of what our currency says, the Constitution says exactly the opposite. It’s totally silent about a creator, and it specifically excludes religion from the government in a few specific ways. We’ve explained all that in Is America a “Christian Nation”?
Additionally, the Constitution (see Article I, Section 8) provides for the Patent Office, by giving Congress the power “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
Here’s how the letter-writer concludes his exhortation:
And with all that — you say it’s not even worthy of debate and discussion in our classrooms? And they call Christians closed-minded? Go figure.
The letter-writer is shocked — shocked! With all of his brilliant arguments, with the National Academy of Science, Darwin, Einstein, and the Constitution on his side, we still won’t let creationism into the public schools. It’s an outrage! Come on, give creationism a chance!
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