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November 1, 2015

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Jon, I think you may be constructing a straw man here. There may be a handful of conservative public figures who think we should teach "creationism" in public school science classes, but there aren't many. The idea that the earth and creation is about 5,000 years old is so ludicrous that you'll find very few defenders. The real issue is intelligent design -- the idea that evolution was guided by God. Intelligent design acknowledges that the universe is billions of years old, and that humans evolved from a primate ancestor but insists that creation is so extraordinarily complex that it could not have arisen from purely natural processes. Only the existence of an intelligent creator can account for the world and universe. That's a very different proposition from creationism, and it's a distinction that secularists often overlook.

I remember some 40-50 years ago listening to Edward Leakey (discoverer of "Lucy," the first identified australopithecine missing link) as he made the case that the Genesis account of creation was a metaphor for how the universe, life and humanity actually evolved. The seven "days" of creation were more like seven "epochs." No one would accuse Leakey of being an anti-scientific ignoramus.

As an atheist, I don't buy the intelligent design argument. But I don't dismiss it out of hand as anti-scientific ignorance as I do with creationism.

Thanks, Jim. As always your comments are lucid and spot on. Thanks! JW

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