LETTER: Let's really look at evolution
To the Editor:
In response to the Frank Hayne, earlier this month, "Evolution is a false theory."
If human civilization was wiped out and came back millions of years later, all works of fiction and the bible would not come back as we know them today. However, everything that we have proven through science would come back from millions of years ago, because science is based on facts and evidence. Science has no bias. It's whatever the results tell us.
"I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be." — Isaac Asimov, American writer and biochemist.
The god you choose to believe in really depends on geography. Isn't that odd? There are thousands of religions and just as many gods. If you were born in the U.S., you may be more likely to believe in one god than if you were born in India, where you would likely believe in a different god. Therefore, I reject just one more god than you do. If you believe in your one god, what about the thousands of other gods and the billions of people that believe differently than you do? What makes your god right, but someone else's god wrong?
An amazing experiment would be to take a person, have them exposed to no religious teachings until they are 18-years-old and see what kind of conclusion they would make. Do you think that person would believe in the bible and teachings of god, or do you think they would dismiss it as an explanation from thousands of years ago, before the scientific revolution of the 1500s?
The following quote from Stephen F. Roberts sums up the situation very nicely: "I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours."