Genesis offers the real story
I am sure that Richard Dial ("Evolution and Bible are not in conflict") had good intentions with his attempt to harmonize the two, but evolutionists have made it clear that the theory they expound allows no room for God. In addition, to introduce evolution as God's method of creation undermines the central message of the Bible, which is that death entered into the world through sin, and sin's only remedy is a savior.
The parables of Jesus that Dial cites are easily identified by even a casual Bible reader as illustrations, and they serve the specific purpose to clarify spiritual truth. But there is no reason for God to cloud the account of creation with a story that doesn't come close to describing evolution. Another problem with evolution is that it goes against God's character. In Genesis, God often pronounces what he created as good or perfect. How could he say that about a process that takes billions of years in which trillions of living organisms died and is claimed to continue to this day? In other words, did God lie?
Dial rightfully dismisses the Gap Theory and the Day Age Theory, but his description of Young Earth Creationism as failed flies in the face of the work that thousands of creationist scientists are conducting in many areas of earth sciences that are turning the theory of evolution on its ear.
If Dial takes his faith seriously, and I feel certain that he does, I invite him to check out the Web site at www.icr.org. There is no reason to feel ashamed of the Bible account of the creation of the universe. The theory of evolution has many serious gaps. It makes no attempt to explain how nothing became everything; where time, the basis on which all evolutionary theory rests, came from; how life came into being; and how the universe changed from chaos to design. However, none of these problems exist in the Genesis account, so that is where I will continue to put my trust.
Genesis offers several stories
In response to Charles Parks letter on Tuesday: I often wonder how Christians can adhere so closely to this "creationist" theory of theirs when their own Bible contains two different accounts of creation. In the first chapter of Genesis, God creates all the plants and animals and then man (Gen. 1:25-27). Then, in Gen. 2:5, we're back to a barren Earth. So God makes man in Gen. 2:7. In 2:8, we get Eden (plants) but it takes until 2:19 for God to add animals. So to the creationists I ask, "Which is it?"
The theory of evolution is based on years of close empirical research -- so much so that it is evolving from a theory to a law. It stands up to scrutiny because it is not self-contradictory. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the creation myth. This is why it must not ever be taught in public schools. If you want your child taught creationist mythology, I suggest you put them in a Christian academy or school them at home.
Get over dispute over team mascots
It seems that every few months, the opinion page of the Herald has a letter from someone making disparaging remarks about USC.
I guess these writers are unable to find positive things to say about their schools, so they rant at USC.
This latest negativity, maybe the most absurd, concerns the USC mascot, a chicken. Considering other mascots in the area: demonic church elders (Wake Forest), off-colored satans (Duke), and dirty feet (UNC), a barnyard fowl seems rather mild.
Recently, I watched a nature show on one of the science channels that told about a rogue tiger in India that had developed a taste for humans. Young humans. I wonder which animal is more deserving of disrespect?
I remember the tiger fan from York who, on more than one occasion, made cruel and malicious remarks about George Rogers.
To these folks, I can only say that I hope they will get this bitterness out of their souls and look for positive things about their school and forget about USC.
As far as mascots, headlines reading: "The Fuzzy Bidies (USC) clash with the Fluffy Kittens (Clemson)" may be preferable to many, but it just don't conjure up images of 300-pound athletes meeting on a football field for 60 minutes of battle.
Get real and get a life!