I sensed both animosity and disdain in John Bittner's letter ("Creationists Want to Deny the Full History of Our World," Oct. 5). It seems as though he believes that the 80 percent of Americans who call themselves Christians all hold identical views on the timeline and process of creation, all believe in "American exceptionalism" and all deny recorded history. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Such a sweeping indictment of a belief system that for thousands of years has withstood the most rigorous scrutiny and dissection and remained steadfast in its historical, archeological and prophetic accuracy is embarrassing.
Biblical creationism should not be taught in public schools and Darwinian evolution should be presented as a theory, for which it is. The answers to the many questions of existence, the "how and why" anything exists, have yet to be fully understood. Randomness is not an adequate answer. Time and chance alone cannot account for the unfathomable creativity and complexity of this magnificent universe. From subatomic particles to super novas, from DNA encoded with more complex information than a super computer to our own consciousness that allows us to contemplate this wonderment, the Darwinian explanation is severely inadequate.
Romans 1:20 states, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." Many of us understand this and accept that the glory of creation is clearly revealed.
The United States was not founded as a Christian nation, but it is undeniable that Judeo-Christian beliefs are at the core of its laws and ethics, the foundation that helped make it great. Our differences in accepting creation or evolution, both requiring faith, will continue. Intolerant zealots on either side, whether disciples of Christ or Darwin, don't do this debate any good.
South Side Slopes