Pastor Greg Burgess (page 28, The Weekend Sun, March 2) smugly parades his ignorance of evolutionary processes and the scientific method as he spouts uninformed nonsense.
Unlike in common parlance, a theory in science is the highest explanation of the natural world via the scientific method – the most reliable pathway to truth.
The ancient creation myths in Genesis are not only erroneous, they’re contradictory.
Evolution by natural selection remains undisputed, with multiple lines of independent evidence. Forget fossils – the DNA evidence, showing descent from a common ancestor, is conclusive. The Catholic Church and Church of England both accept evolution.
Believing humans are equal with other mammals can bring great value to all animals in the tree of life, which are related and share this planet.
We’ve developed modern secular morality, underpinned by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Burgess should look no further than the Bible for a source of genocide (1 Samuel 15:2-3), infanticide (Exodus 12:29-30), abortion (Hosea 13:16), and slavery (Exodus 21:20-21) – all associated with an ’unchanging God’.
While we don’t have all the answers, we certainly don’t need a ‘god of the gaps’ or arguments from ignorance.
Burgess should stick to discussing faith rather than dragging our community back into the dark ages.
A McLeod, Pillans Point.