To the editor:
The comments of Donald Moss (Public Forum, June 9) were of interest. His dismissal and condescension for Hugh Wentz's previously published letter weren't surprising. Why do the oft-quoted scientists villainize belief in God, the "intelligent designer"? Many founders of established scientific fields (Newton, Kepler, Faraday, Boyle, Lister, Pasteur, Mendel, Kelvin, Maxwell, Einstein, to name a few) studied and made great discoveries out of energetic conviction and faith in the God of The First Book of Moses (Greek: Genesis), and the Bible as a whole.
Many current scientists sympathetic to or active in creation science stumbled upon findings that indicate intelligent design. Others, not claiming faith in God, have been perplexed by the lack of proof necessary to embrace evolution theory. Isn't it amazing that otherwise rational thinkers are so vehement in their defense and acceptance of the theory of evolution?
Educators should teach children to evaluate, experiment and prove hypotheses. Until proven, they are only theories. There have been too many excellent scientists accused of heresy and threatened with loss of opportunity for daring to pursue truth and question current theory. Why is the pursuit and consideration of other possibilities so intimidating?
In answer to Mr. Moss' statement, ": religion must stay out of science just as science must stay out of religion," may I quote Albert Einstein, who said, "A legitimate conflict between science and religion cannot exist. Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."
Mary Ellen Wentz,