To the editor:
I enjoyed Carl Burkhead’s letter in your July 12 edition in which he quoted scripture regarding the origin of life, but I am writing to express a different point of view. Most humans have never heard of the Bible or Jesus Christ. They feel secure in their beliefs in other creation stories that their cultures provide.
In the United States today many, if not most, practicing Christians understand that the universe was created about 13.4 billion years ago and that our Earth came along about 4.5 billion years ago. BUT, these Christians believe that God was still the creator. This understanding of the physical world in no way diminishes their faith. And, some surveys show that those Christians have a greater reverence for and desire to protect, reclaim and restore the earth, God’s gift to all living creatures. Most of these Christians understand and believe in evolution.
As the anti-evolution minority may again attempt to make it an issue in the coming election, it is important to realize that any God with enough magic to create the world in seven days, could just as easily have done it in six hours. Besides, the earth isn’t finished being made yet. Volcanoes, earthquakes and floods are constantly remaking the face of the globe, as geology proves. The story of evolution is a beautiful, awe-inspiring story of creation that is appreciated by Christians everywhere. It’s wrong to discredit their beliefs and claim they have no faith.