Archive for Thursday, September 29, 2005

No conundrum

September 29, 2005


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.

Chelsea Rebman

and Aileen Doll for the

11th-graders of Veritas

Christian School, Lawrence


Carmenilla 12 years, 8 months ago

But don't teach them in a science classroom. Teach the many different views of how the world began in a Religions class or Philosophy. I agree that there are many different versions of how the universe was created but they are not scientific. Keep the religious teaching in Religion classes. Give ALL religions a part in the teaching of origins, not just the Christian version. Okay?

sandersen 12 years, 8 months ago

Because your family is obviously Christian, hence your attendance at a private Christian parochial school, you have no reason to question what is taught in a secular public school. Not everyone shares your beliefs, but you have every right to believe them. Maturity will hopefully allow you the capacity for tolerance to others right to believe as they choose, as there are millions of specific belief systems on our planet, and only the very arrogant or narrow minded need control the philosophies of all mankind. No one is trying to tell a religious school/organization not to teach their theological views to their students/congregations, and no entity is attempting to abolish the right to worship as you choose. For this reason, the current mantra of persecution of religion/Christianity is propaganda, the recitation of untruths in order to reinforce a desired perception. You have every right to pray, believe, worship as you wish. No one will flog you, arrest you, etc. This is simply an issue of personal choice, and a private spiritual relationship you choose to have. There is, however, the issue to face that seems to be quite troubling to some, and that is the fact that not everyone in the world is Christian, or even religious. These are PUBLIC SCHOOLS, and people/children of every belief system have the right to their own belief system, including the right to believe in no religion at all. Tolerance is a noble and beautiful trait, as it doesn't require you to agree with anothers beliefs. I don't agree with your religion, but I am glad you find solace and happiness in your beliefs. I do not, however, believe that morality is solely owned by any one group, nor do any one group of humans have the market cornered on kindness, goodwill, etc. This is an issue of science. If you find science classes to be repugnant, or you take issue with science itself, you have every right to attend parochial school. Just because everyone is not in agreement on matters of philosophy and religion does not imply persecution. Note that I have yet to call you or those who believe like you any vile or abusive epithets. I don't need to stamp out your belief with mine. I am secure and non-threatened by what your family believes, as it is private, personal and (I'm sure) very sincere. In diversity there is a quiet strength, and our country is not simply Christian, Islamic, Buddist, Jewish, Secular Humanist..... It is a beautiful, dynamic, strong, diverse land where we all have a civic, patriotic duty to appreciate and glory in our differences.

Jamesaust 12 years, 8 months ago

Close, but no cigar. Very well stated, however. Apparently the "theory" of expository writing is well taught at Veritas Christian School.

Biology of course is not a fact but man's best understanding, ordered around a combination of various theories, one being evolution, that best explain, at the macro and micro level, the observations (facts) that we identify. Just as with physics, or chemistry, let alone, the "theory" of U.S. History. (Query: if X% of Americans believed that Pu Yi was the first President of the United States, would we teach this as an alternate "theory" since none of it is observable or replicable?)

The mystery behind our origins will only remain a conundrum for those who wish to remove God's handiwork from the picture. The universe is the Lord's creation and EVOLUTION IS HIS MECHANISM of creation. One does not honor God by dismissing his craft with hocus-pocus alternate theories.

madscientist 12 years, 8 months ago

FYI, Veritas is not a parochial school. It is a non-denominational private school. Private is different than parochial.

ryanjasondesch 12 years, 8 months ago

This is why ID shouldn't be taught in schools, you give kids an option using misinformation and some are bound to choose the wrong answer. I'm satisfied if God did or didn't create the universe. I went to Catholic school and they tired to feed me a lot of garbage there, it's just a good thing I didn't eat it. Anyone can tell their own kids all the fairy tales they want. They can convince them that there really IS a leperchaun at the end of that rainbow, but keep this crap out of public schools. I remember that I used to truely believe that Santa Claus existed, hell I seen him with my own two eyes on Christmas Eve at my grandma's, bells, beard, belly and all! Then I grew up.

It's unfortuate in my opinion that students, kids, and even grown adults allow themselves to be swayed by those that swing the ax of religion. NO ONE knows the truth, God's Laws, or anything along those lines, yet many claim to know and con others into their belief system. And most people latch on without giving it any real thought. Yet, everyone believes that they're right. But I would challenge any two Christians to sit down and see if they agree on every aspect, what's a sin, what isn't, who or what is God, etc. You won't find any that do.

hannah 12 years, 7 months ago

Go to Rome. You will find thousands of Catholic Christians who agree on the fundamentals of the faith. For that matter, go to the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center and talk to the theologians. Yes, there is discord, but not in the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Sin corrupts and confuses. If you seek truly, you will find what you seek. Only someone who has no hope of there being any truth would give up the first time they saw two Christians duking it out.

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