causes arise that are right and just, eventu- ally, those who stand up will raise aware- ness and cause people to search their hearts. There is a price to be paid, of course, but then, if one does nothing, the price is always greater. At least, it was a good start. Ron Levin ' 55 Liberty, S.c.
Examining Evolution, Religion
And the Nature of Skepticism
Congratulations on the Adventures in
Ideas seminar on "Evolution of the Science
Classroom" (Marchi April Review) . This is a
timely issue that badly needs balanced and
At the end of the article, Professor
Rosenberg said there was one question that
no one at the seminar could answer sati
s-factorily: "Why does America seem to be
the onJy advanced, educated nation in
which evolution is approached with such
consistent - and often religiously moti-
vated - skepticism?"
Implied in the question is the idea that
skepticism about evolution is incompatible
with being educated and advanced. I think
not, but that is for another day. Had I been
at the seminar, this would have been my
America, unlike other educated and
advanced Western nations, still has a
population that professes a be]jef in Jewish-
Christian theism, which rraditionally holds:
"In the beginning, God created the heav-
ens and the earth."
Evolutionary theory is not necessarily
at odds with that belief. However, many
prominent scientists have pushed the the-
ory beyond its scientific cover. Carl Sagan
famously declared that "the cosmos is all
there is, all there was, and all there ever
He spoke as a scientist but made a statement for which there is no scientific justifi-
cation. UnJess, of course, metaphysical
propositions are considered scientific.
We all know that much of the writing
about evolution excludes any possibility of
a creator because such a possibility is not
scientifically testable. Neither, of course, is
the possibility that there is not a creator.
For many of us Jewish-Christian theists,
if evolution is real, OK. But since those who
write about it seem to want to exclude
God, we thought it wise to take a close look
at the evidence for the exclusion. So the
motivation was re]jgious. But when we
looked closely at the evidence, we found it
weak. That is the reason for the skepticism.
Virgil Early ' 60
A MarchiApril news item incorrectly
reported the number of children who died
in the Holocaust. The correct nWTl.ber is
1. 5 million. In recognition of those deaths,
North Carolin.a Hillel participated in a
national "Dimes for Darfur" effort and set a
goal of raising $15,000 to help victims of
violence in Darfur. The group recently
raised the full goal, representing 150,000
dimes and 1. 5 million pennies.
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