Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - February 8, 2008

Evolution shouldn't be taught in school

Regarding Mike Toohey's recent letter, "Keep non-science out of classroom," I was confused that he could think that the "Intelligent Design" theory is ill informed. Evolution is ill informed of how the scientific method works and is just a way to promote atheism in the public schools. In fact, evolutional theory is a violation of the second law of thermodynamics. Mr. Toohey's position is typical of atheists.

Let's take a look at evolution and the idea that Christ didn't exist. I can provide contemporary proof that Christ was an actual person. Cornelius Tacitus was the greatest historian of ancient Rome. He acknowledged that Christ was an actual person. He said that Christus, an alternate spelling of the word Christ, was put to death by Pontius Pilate, procurator of Judea in the reign of Tiberius.

According to Tacitus, Pilate existed as well as Christ. Would Mr. Toohey proclaim that Pontius Pilate was also a mythological character, as he claimed Christ was? Mr. Toohey took Deuteronomy 21:18-21 and Exodus 35:2 out of context. It is the same type of misuse that the Pharisees conducted.

Creation has been put to the test and has passed. The same can't be said for evolutionary theory, which changes on a continual basis. The fossil record does not support macro-evolution. There are no transitional forms in the fossil record, and this is a fact Mr. Toohey omits in his misguided argument. Romans 1:22-23 states that "although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles." Evolutionists claim to be wise, but they are fools because they have exchanged the glory of God for the images of apes as their ancestors.

Evolution is a theory and should never be taught as fact in any public school. Mr. Toohey also is mistaken to interpret consensus within the scientific community as a basis that something is true. In the 1400s, the consensus among scientists was that the world was flat! Is this true, Mr. Toohey? Furthermore, many scientists with impeccable credentials reject evolution as fact. Does Mr. Toohey claim to know more than these scientists who have made it their life work to study life origins? It is my conclusion that evolutional theory is mystical, not Christianity.

Steven Clark

Rock Hill