To The Editor:
I read the article in The Missourian stating that Gov. Nixon had said he didn’t think it would be in the best interest of education to allow parents to remove their children from classes that are teaching evolution and that it is important that children be taught science. He also said that people’s religious beliefs need to be respected but extricating children from science classes is not in the best interest of their STEM initiative.
He went on to say that creationism is “what we study on Sunday, not on Monday.” It seems he was comparing the theory of evolution and the Bible claim of creationism and according to his evaluation, the Bible was found sadly wanting.
I would like to follow up on his comparison by saying that evolution is not science but a theory and an ever changing one at that; “science” used to speak of spontaneous generation and other theories that are considered foolish today.
The Bible doesn’t change its mind, in Job, one of the oldest books in the Old Testament, the writer says the world is hanging on nothing; what better description could be made? The learned of that day were saying that the world was supported on a giant’s shoulder that was riding on a turtle’s back!
The sailors on Columbus’ ship almost committed mutiny because they believed the world to be flat and feared that Columbus was going to sail them over the edge but in the book of Isaiah, the writer speaks of the circle of the earth. Doctors used to believe that they could go from handling a dead body to delivering a baby with no ill effects but the Bible, in the book of Leviticus, speaks of the strict methods of sanitation that were used in similar situations and of the necessity of washing in running water. George Washington’s doctors bled him while he lay seriously ill, hoping to help him but probably hastened his death; perhaps if they had known that the Bible says that the life of the flesh is in the blood, they would not have used such measures.
In closing, I would like to say to Gov. Nixon that in choosing between the theory of evolution and the Bible claim of creationism, I’ll take the Sunday over the Monday, hands down.