Stick to discussing faith

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.


1 Comment

Ignorance Parade

Posted on 09-03-2018 18:41 | By shaker

(s1) Unsubstantiated.(s2) Confused.(s3) Wrong.(s4) The fact of evolution is the backbone of biology, and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded on an unproved theory - is it then a science or faith? Belief in the theory of evolution is thus exactly parallel to belief in special creation both are concepts which believers know to be true but neither, up to the present has been capable of proofL. Harrison Mathews, FRS, Introduction to Darwins The Origin of Species, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London 1971, p. xi.(s5) Would believing humans are equal to insects, viruses and gobbledygook be of even greater value?(s6) Stalin developed his own secular morality and then eliminated 20 million of his fellow citizens why not choose Stalins morality? (s7) How about one meaningful answer

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