To the editor:
We, the 11th grade class of Veritas Christian School, have several important points to make in response to the article, "Lawyers spar on role of religion in intelligent design" (Journal-World, Sept. 27). It is entirely appropriate for teachers to explain to their students that evolution is not a fact. It is a theory, and teachers should be wary about teaching evolution as a fact.
In the article, Miller, in response to the statement that "Darwin's theory is a theory, it continues to be tested as new evidence is discovered," stated that saying this falsely undermined the scientific status of evolution. It is important to note that science is always under question. That is its nature. A scientist knows that science never produces absolute truth. Evolution has not been observed, nor is it repeatable in the lab, so it cannot rightly be taught as fact.
Miller said that there is no controversy inside science over the core proposition of evolutionary theory, but that is not so. There have been many discoveries that have shaken the very core of evolution, such as Mitochondrial Eve. The mystery behind our origins will only remain a conundrum for those who wish to remove God from the picture. The universe is the Lord's creation, and no other explanation for its existence will ever be truly satisfying. We ask only that you give students the option to learn more about other views on the origin of life.
and Aileen Doll for the
11th-graders of Veritas
Christian School, Lawrence