Your lengthy article ("Is Evolution Missing Link in Some High Schools?," April 28) claims that comprehensive evolution is comparable to facts like living things being made of cells. This is not true. Evolution has never been observed by a scientist and has never been tested by repeatable experiments. Another very serious problem is that the standard cause of evolution, called neo-Darwinism or random mutations plus natural selection plus billions of years, will not produce evolution. A group of elite evolutionists concluded in 2008 that "neo-Darwinism is dead," and "we don't know how evolution works." The theory of evolution today postulates an enormous sequence of effects (evolution) without causes, a no-no in science.
The Discovery Institute mentioned has a list of 800 credentialed Ph.D. individuals (including myself) who consider themselves Darwin skeptics. Dr. Jerry Bergman has a similar list of 3,000 Darwin doubters. The objections to evolution include critiques of random mutations, natural selection and the alleged age of the Earth. Mathematical probability calculations render comprehensive evolution virtually impossible.
Teaching evolutionary theory along with the scientific evidence against the theory is the best option. That is what education should be about; open minds with the evidence for and against and let the students decide. Biology is incredibly fascinating without myths and fables about how life may have started or evolved. In fact, there is not a single science which requires the scientific practitioner to assume comprehensive evolution in order to succeed. Scientific criticism of evolutionism is not "establishing religion," but evidence-based criticism is actually more scientific than what is now in many schools -- the restriction of free thought. If students conclude that God is a better explanation than "everything came from nothing," this is not the same as government-sponsored religion. That God did it is not the same as how God did it.
THEODORE J. SIEK