|Friday, 19 April 2002|
|There is a letter to the editor in the West Side Leader I received two days ago. The West Side Leader is a weekly newspaper devoted to the neighborhoods and suburbs of western Akron. From the letter to the editor, there must have been a serious of letters concerning Intelligent Design and Evolution. There has been a lot of debate at the state level as the Education Dept. sets new science education standards statewide. I was so disappointed and embarrassed as I read the letter. A Christian man from Bath, a very wealthy suburb with much higher then average education levels. This type of thinking only reinforces absolutely all the negative stereotypes many thinking people have of conservative Christians. The letter only reinforces the notion that Christians will put aside intellectual inquirery and scientific facts for mythology and wishful thinking. Regardless how the world came to be, the way of thinking that this guy expresses is sad. I feel for him and accuse the pastors and teachers under whose influence he places himself. How deep is his faith? How much mental gymnastics does he have to employ to buttress his faith? If you believe in a 7 literal day creation, so be it, but at least be informed about your believe. Blind faith will us no where.
Here is the letter:
I feel sorry for him that his faith is so weak or shallow - at least it seems that way. I'm not sure what goes on inside him emotionally or intellectually, but he stands on a weak foundation. I thought he might be young, but then maybe he is quite old. I don't know. I just wish his beliefs were based on something more then blind-faith in a system that can't stand up to scrutiny. If God and Christianity cannot stand up to scrutiny, then it can't be true and I want nothing to do with it.