Letters to the Editor

Modern science should factor into your beliefs

Mercury transits the Sun as seen from Earth in 2006.
Mercury transits the Sun as seen from Earth in 2006. ESA/NASA/SOHO

Here is the other side of Mr. Stuart Beardslee's "Follow God, and all will be as it should" (May 4) letter:

The universe is at least 13 billion years old, and we know that using science and reason. The Earth is at least 4.5 billion years old. Again, we know this through science. Humans have walked the earth for about 200,000 years -- yep, science. Your God, Mr. Beardslee, seems a bit tardy, showing up only 6,000 years ago.

People, it's a book translated from some stuff written about 2,000 years ago by men who thought a wheel was high tech and that the Earth was flat. To put any credence in creationism is like thinking astrology is astronomy or that alchemy is chemistry.

When we didn't know any better, such ideas were perhaps justified. We now have the benefit of knowledge, tools and math that didn't exist at the time the Bible was written.

I take nothing away from the men who wrote the Bible. They did the best they could. The knowledge of the past is not equal to the knowledge of the present. Who would use a 90-year-old chemistry book to teach a class in today's schools?

You are entitled to believe in whatever God you wish to believe in, but you aren't entitled to state as fact things that are simply and demonstrably untrue.

SCOTT SIMMONDS

Gulfport

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