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LETTER: All sound science is compatible with Christianity

To the Editor: In a letter to the Wessington Springs True Dakotan newspaper published on April 26, I'd attempted to explain that Jesus Christ publicly recognized the book of Genesis as true and that Genesis directly implies that the world was cre...

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To the Editor:

In a letter to the Wessington Springs True Dakotan newspaper published on April 26, I'd attempted to explain that Jesus Christ publicly recognized the book of Genesis as true and that Genesis directly implies that the world was created around 4,000 BC. I'd also attempted to explain that supposed proof that the earth is billions of years old is based on scientifically unsound assumptions.

In a rebuttal letter published on May 3, Alex Dean, of Wessington Springs, suggested that Christ's teachings would be compatible with a multibillion-year-old earth and that modern science and Christianity can happily coexist.

I'd like to clarify that I've never said modern science and Christianity couldn't coexist. Modern science was born amid the rapid spread of traditional evangelical Christianity in the 1500s and 1600s, and it has deep roots in the conviction that beauty and order can be discovered in the universe because our loving Creator has put them here.

As I'd written in my original letter, those who rejected the Bible and insisted on millions of years of earth history didn't get a firm foothold on most scientific institutions until the mid 1800s. Since then, unfortunately, those with an anti-Christian axe to grind have been attracted to certain fields of scientific endeavor in greater and greater numbers.

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Thousands of scientists today still accept the Bible, and all sound science is compatible with Christianity, but not all claims made by scientists are based on sound science.

Kurt Evans

Wessington Springs

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