Many argue that evolution conflicts with the Bible, and should not be taught to their children. This response is similar to the one nearly 500 years ago when Copernicus showed that the observed motions of the sun, planets and stars fit far better with a fixed sun and spinning earth rotating about it, rather than the established view that everything revolves around a fixed, nonspinning earth. For more than 100 years, people were killed by religious authorities for their belief in the Copernican theory.
The Bible is not the unerring word of God. For proof, all that is needed is to find one error of fact in the Bible. One need not read beyond the first page of the Bible, in the story of the Creation, to see an error that the Creator would not make. The biblical order of creation is clear: the sun is first, then only in the fourth era, or "day," are the stars created. The evidence is now overwhelming that there have been stars in the sky for at least 14 billion years, and that our sun is "only" about 5 billion years old.
Regarding the theory of evolution, we see findings almost daily that support the theory. The scientific community considers it now to be almost as useful and well-established as the atomic theory. It is fundamental to all branches of biology. Other discoveries - such as findings that suggest that humans first appeared about 100,000 years ago, and that the earth is about 4.5 billion years old - also appear to be in conflict with the Bible.
Such books, for which the claim to authority is simply a matter of faith, must not be allowed to influence what we understand from scientific studies of our world. The major religions accept that. The proper education of our children demands it.
Victor J. Reilly, Aiken, S.C.
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