TERRE HAUTE —
• ‘Laboring in a rut of Darwinism’
With the Primary Election behind us, may I once again attempt to clarify some positions which appear to be misinterpreted concerning the previous correspondence addressing inclusion of “intelligent design” in the curriculum in the public education system.
In a March 4 letter, Distinguished Professor George Bakken mistakenly assumed that my, and most other creation apologists’ position was “opposing the teaching of scientific theory.”
In another letter, a colleague, whose approval is not required, defends professor Bakken, claiming I/we “don’t understand even the most basic tenet of science.”
A careful review will reveal there is no condemnation of teaching scientific theory; however, we feel the curriculum is incomplete. It seems the general mindset in the scientific education community is that the biblical accounting of nature and our universe is a myth and is totally removed from consideration in their teaching.
Taking into account the Bible was the predominant, and in some cases the only record of scientific observations, from the first recorded events until the reformation (some 3,500 years) of the church occurred, the question I then pose is: “Do we just cast this fact aside as a myth” because the teacher does not want to believe or consider it in the classroom?
The vast majority of people around the world believe there is a Sovereign God, and present evidence of events and physical changes which are unexplainable with current scientific capabilities, and which they attribute to God.
While you study these phenomena, seeking answers, if you totally exclude God from consideration, it’s an affront to the intellect of billions of people. If you accept the fact that there is a sovereign God, you cannot accept the things you like about Him and reject those things you do not. The things God, in His sovereignty, has conveyed to us through his writers, is then absolute fact, or the myth some claim.
This consideration would not be a return to dark ages as some claim, because the God defined in the Bible, is not only current but also defines our future, which one may ignore at their own peril.
Gentlemen, it appears you are, unknowingly perhaps, laboring in a rut of Darwinism and its tentacles, unable to observe other theories which may have surprising answers.
Our request is that you examine the two theories together, and if indeed the “creation” theory is as big a hoax myth as you claim, your students are capable of thinking for themselves and may agree with your position or not.
Did you know, for instance, there have been counted more than 1,500 verses in the Bible which specifically describe the natural realm. Science, which is not new, is just a deeper look into nature that started well before Darwin came on the scene, and should not be tossed out and replaced with a much narrower, but obviously more detailed in targeted areas, scientific view as is currently being taught.
Observation of nature (science) begins with the first verse of the first book and chapter of the Bible, and whether you accept it or not, addresses the beginning of all scientific theory records.
Scientific knowledge from an intelligent design view, as recorded in the Bible and other writings, should be examined by both student and teacher alike. Creation is a myth only in the minds of those who refuse to examine it closely.
May I make it clear, gentlemen, what you have accomplished and what you are teaching are not the point of contention, but rather what you have not done, and are nor doing. With very little effort on your part, this situation can be corrected.
— Bill Jaeger
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